Mirwaiz For Total Ban On Sale Of Liqour And Drugs In Kashmir

1 June 2014
Ground Report

Srinagar: Calling upon the people to use mosques not only as a place for collective praying but also as a center of social and reformative activity for social reform in our society, Hurriyat Conference (APHC)leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, sunday urged the people to come forward and lend a helping hand to fight social evils. Mirwaiz said that immorality, corruption, extravagance, and futile rituals were currently plaguing the Kashmir society and it is the duty of every conscious person specailly the youth to come forward and play their role to bring social reform and get rid of these social evils, thereby help in building a sound society based on moral and Islamic values. In connection with the social reforms campaign, Mirwaiz addressed a gathering of local imams and respected citizens of the Chattbal at Masjid Sheikh Yaqoob sahib. Mirwaiz believed the young generation was the future of Kashmir and drug addiction is one of the biggest challenges they are facing right now. He said that parents in particular have to impart rich values and acquaint their children with Islamic teachings so that the young generation is shown the right path which would ultimately lead to progress and prosperity of Kashmir. APHC leader said that people can't remain mute spectators to growing social evils around them, He said that we have to work both individually and collectively to save not only our families but the society at large from the grave issue of moral and social degradation. Mirwaiz maintained that social ills like immorality, drug and Liquor addiction have sadly shown a rising trend. He said social evils in Kashmir can only be countered by protecting our Islamic identity. He appealed conscious Kashmiris, Ulemas, and respectable, intellectuals to take measures to preserve the Islamic values and inculcate those teachings among the people to preserve the true Islamic spirit. Hurriyat leader stated that Kashmiris were engaged in a freedom struggle. 'it's a time when we not only have to show steadfastness to our cause and be politically aware of our responsibilities but also we have to address the social and moral challenges facing the society. He said that a healthy society is guarantee of bright future for the people of Kashmir. Mirwaiz strongly denounced the arrest of one of the constituents of Ulema council, Peerzada Akhzar Hussain while he was leading a protest march against open sale of liquor. He reiterated that it is the collective demand of all sections of the society in Kashmir that sale of liquor and drugs should be completely banned. He said that the ulema council will intensify its efforts in this direction.