Silent protester demands liquor ban in Muslim majority state

Srinagar: A silent protest was organised here on Monday to demand complete ban on sale and consumption of liquor in Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir is the land of saints. We are Muslims. Stop sale of liquor and close all liquor shops in the Valley. This is not India,” read a placard held by a silent protester at Press Enclave here.
The silent protester urged that the sale of liquor should be banned in Kashmir and all the outlets be closed at the earliest. “I strongly condemn all the events which promote the culture of wine consumption in our Valley,” he said.
The protester decried that liquor shops continue to run in the state, despite the high court order of closing the shops along the state or national highways.
Last year, while disposing a PIL seeking ban on sale of liquor, a division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasathakumar and Justice Hasnain Masoodi had ordered that if the liquor shops along the state or national highways were not closed by December 31, 2015, deadline set by the government, anyone interested person could approach the court for immediate closure of such shops.
Consequently, the PIL was filed by a religious group seeking a complete ban on the sale and consumption of liquor in the state.