Why Ban Beef If Liquor Is ‘Freedom Of Choice’, Asks Mirwaiz

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Srinagar: Reacting to the state government’s decision of ruling out ban on the sale of liquor in Jammu Kashmir, Hurriyat Chairman (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday asked Haseeb Drabu, the State’s Finance Minister to explain why ban on beef has been enacted if things were left to ‘freedom of choice.’

Mirwaiz said the open sale of liquor in the Muslim-majority state would lead to social evils and health hazards.

Stressing that not banning liquor in Kashmir was a tactical approval of the government to its sale and consumption, the Mirwaiz said this would mean pushing people towards waywardness and health hazards.

Mirwaiz further said it was unfortunate that while Bihar government had taken reformative measures of banning the sale of liquor in Bihar, Jammu Kashmir, despite being a Muslim-majority state, was witnessing government patronage in its sale and consumption.

Stating that if sale and consumption of liquor, which is strictly prohibited in Islam, was a matter of ‘freedom of choice’, as referred by finance minister Haseeb Drabu, he questioned then why was sale and consumption of beef, which is permitted in Islam, banned in the state.

Promising to carry forward the movement against the sale and consumption of liquor, he said the land of Reshis and Sufi saints would not be allowed to be polluted by liquor and alcoholic drinks.

The Mirwaiz also appealed the Ulema, Imams and respectable Muslim citizens of the state to come forward and join the movement for ban on sale and consumption of liquor in the state.

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