Mirwaiz set to launch campaign against social evils

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SRINAGAR: Announcing a reform campaign against social evils  and the growing cases of suicides, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that a large segment of Kashmiri society is drifting into waywardness and away from the basic Islamic teachings. 

While addressing the Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said: It is the responsibility of every Kashmir citizen to be aware of these social problems and effective and concrete measures need to be put in place to deal with them.

Mirwaiz said that it’s a matter of grave concern that some people are openly indulging in drug peddling and trading of these items and by and large the society has remained immune to it.  “While some congested areas in Srinagar and some specific districts in Kashmir are more plagued by the drug addiction menace,” Mirwaiz said, and added: in the first phase a meeting of imams, ulemas and prominent personalities belonging to Srinagar and these districts would be called on April 6 during which a strategy would be chalked out to effectively deal with these ills.

In the next phase, Mirwaiz said criminals indulging in drug and alcohol trade would be identified, adding, he would himself visit the areas plagued with drug addiction to carry out the reform mission to free younger generation from this menace. 

Calling on the conscientious people of society especially parents to come forward and lend a helping hand to this effort to contribute towards eradicating these social menaces Mirwaiz said Mohallah reform committees should be constituted to deal with the social evils. He said it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their children stay away from these ills, and provide them with religious and moral surroundings. 

Mirwaiz said it was also a fact that certain agencies, following a specific agenda of keeping the young generation away from the teaching of Islam, are constantly indulging in spreading these ills, hence undermining the Muslim character of the state.

He emphasized that on the pretext of promotion to tourism, drugs and liquor were openly sold. He said that people of Kashmir would go to any length to save the Muslim identity of the state. 

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