SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani has expressed deep grief over fire incident in Sopore in which a restaurant and dozens of business establishments were gutted, saying that widespread destruction has left dozens of business men in desperate condition.
He appealed the affluent class of the society to generously donate to help these victims so that their sufferings are minimised to some extent.
In a statement, Geelani said the shutdown call given by business community against “drug menace” is right and justified as “whole town has been turned into a hub for drug trafficking and other undesirable and immoral activities”.
“People particularly those living in Sopore town should take notice of this and take situation seriously,” Geelani said and alleged that “those at the helm of affairs are promoting these activities through administration and with the help of men in uniform”.
Hurriyat chairman said the waywardness, liquor trade and drug menace are “off shoots of the forced occupation and unless we stand against this illegal occupation and evils, our dignity and honour is at stake”.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep grief over the demise of mother of Nazir Ahmad Kanjal, mother-in-law of prominent writer Ikram -ul-Hassan and aunt of a journalist Nasir Ahmad Khan. He prayed for heavenly abode of the deceased and forbearance for the grieved family to bear the irreparable loss.
On Geelani’s directions, Hurriyat delegation comprising Shah Wali Mohammad, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Umer Adil Dar and Rameez Raja visited the grieved family and extended condolences to them.