4 lakh people addicted to drugs in Kashmir: Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and head of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday said around four lakh people were addicted to drugs in Kashmir.
Expressing concern over the worsening social fabric, Mirwaiz said that drug and liquor addiction, moral degradation, gambling and other evils were plaguing the Kashmiri society.
“In Kashmir, around four lakh people (are) addicted to drugs, and in Srinagar, situation (is) going bad to worse,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a gathering after inaugurating a newly constructed mosque at Goripora, Noorbagh in downtown Srinagar.
Mirwaiz said that to end such ills in the society, there was a need for a strategy and continuous struggle.
Taking forward his social reform campaign, Mirwaiz appealed people that mosques, schools and religious institutions should be encouraged to speak about the socio-political and socio-economic issues faced by the people apart from being used for religious purposes,. He said there was a need to use mosques as major centers for carrying out social reforms.
Mirwaiz said Kashmir was standing at the threshold of social and moral degradation and that there was an impending need that Kashmiris should know their responsibilities towards reforming the society and not act as mute spectators. He said if people would turn a blind eye towards the deterioration of society, the situation would to take an ugly turn.
Despite hardships and day to day restrictions on the political, social and religious activities of resistance leadership by the government, Mirwaiz stated that Hurriyat was committed to take the “freedom struggle” forward to its logical conclusion and urged the people to be also steadfast viz a viz their commitment with the movement.
“People on this occasion responded to the call of the Mirwaiz with pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans,” according to a Hurriyat statement.
Mirwaiz said that it was highly regrettable that Kashmiris who suffered immensely during the past 25 years were hesitating from shouldering their social and national responsibilities.
He stressed that the initiative started under the banner of ‘Youth for Kashmir’ is aimed at inviting Kashmiri youth to come forward and volunteer themselves for initiating a vigorous social reform campaign.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar has extended his greeting to the people of Kashmir on the holy month of Ramadan. He said that this month is full of blessings and people should pray for the well being of Kashmiris.
Mirwaiz said that during this sacred month people should devote their major time in offering prayers and reciting the holy Qur’an and beseech Allah for forgiveness and pity.