Clerics still in deep slumber?
Agence India Press
Srinagar: Notwithstanding over a month has passed since the various religious groups has given one month ultimatum to the state government to close all the liquor shops in Kashmir, but nothings seems visible on the ground yet as the Valley’ s clerics are acting as mute spectators..
While pressing the government to close the liquor shops in Kashmir, various religious organizations held the protest demonstration on November 22 at the front of wine shops in Boulevard (Tourism hub in the Valley).General Secretary of Anjuman Ulmai Ahnaf JK, Moulana Akhzer Hussain who led the protest on the occasion urged the government to close all the liquor shops operating in valley within a month or face dire consequences otherwise. “We would hold valley wide protest, if liquor shops operating in Kashmir are not closed within a month,” threatened Hussain while held protest on November 22.
Endorsing the Akhzer Hussain, Patron Karwan-e-Islami, Ghulam Rasool Hami at a press conference too urged the government for the close of liquor shops within a month,
“Otherwise we will hold valley wide protest against the government,” claimed Hami before a month.
Countering the clerics, , National Conference President and Union Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah on December 5 advocated the opening of more liquor shops and cinemas in Kashmir for the promotion of tourism in the state.
However, the clerics threat call proved future as more than a month has passed since they gave a month ultimatum, while as clerics yet to seem not bothered to hold any protest.
“We participated in a protest held on November 22 outside liquor shops and assured to the clerics that we will extend our full support to close the liquor shops in Kashmir. Since, then no efforts are being made to press government for the closure of wine shops,” said a group of shopkeepers at Boulevard Dalgate.
The inhabitants of Boulevard complained that the drunker bring nuisance to the bystanders.”A wine consumer at the Bouklevard offen passes levied remarks at the women and tourists and brings immense inconvenience. The children and women feels scare to venture out of home after the sunsets in owing to nuisance created by drunker,” said, Ghulam Mohammad resident of Dalgate.
Talking to Agence India Press, Patron Karwan-e-Islami said, “On 29 January we have a meeting was we will decide future course of action against the liquor shops in Kashmir. We will start a signature campaign from the following Friday in all districts against the alcohol.”
Ironically when this correspondent asked Hami to provide the details about the signature campaign he gave two answers. “We will launch signature campaign to check whether people are with us on the issue or not “he said.
However he contradicted with his earlier statement given to this reporter and said. “We will launch signature campaign to aware the people about the side effects caused by the alcohol”
When Agence India Press contacted Anjuman Ulmai Ahnaf General Secretary Moulana Akhzer Hussain he said “As Government has not taken any steps, now we will soon convey a Majlis Shora meeting in which Further strategy on the issue will be finalized” he said adding that our organization is jointly working with Muthehadi Majlis Ulema, organization headed by Moulvi Mohammed Umar Farooq on the issue. (AIP NEWS)
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