SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwiaz Umar Farooq, on Thursday called for a complete ban on the sale and consumption of drugs and liquor in Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said there was no justification for allowing drug and liquor menace to grow in Kashmir on the pretext that it was essential for the economy.
“Permission should not be granted to such trades as they are not only against Islamic values but are also universally accepted as hazards and dangerous for human life and destructive for family peace and prosperity,” he said.
He said the government has no justification to allow liquor sale after the authorities in Gujarat and Bihar banned it despite the fact that the Bihar alone earned Rs 4,000 crore annually from liquor.
Mirwaiz said a meeting of religious scholars, Masjid Imams, and heads of religious groups would be called soon to frame a “collective and effective strategy to fight this menace”.
Parents, heads of educational institutions, advisors of religious groups, scholars, and Imams of Masjids have a responsibility to bring make people aware about the harmful effects of drugs and liquor, and to strive for a complete ban on its sale and consumption, he said.