Kashmir Religious Bodies Denounce Move To Open Liquor Shops

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MMU leaders at a press meet- KO File photo

SRINAGAR: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of major religious organisations here, has expressed anguish at the government move to open liquor shops across Muslim majority Kashmir region.

J&K government through its Excise Department has identified 183 new locations — 116 in Jammu and 67 in the Kashmir valley — for sale of liquor.

“Any move by the administration to open liquor shops across the length and breadth of valley will not be allowed and will be strongly opposed and resisted by all the religious organisations, Ulema and Muslims of the valley,” MMU said in a statement here on Sunday.

“The government order dated 16th of June which is widely circulating on social media clearly stating governments plan to set up liquor shops at 67 locations in the Kashmir valley is causing grave concern and anguish among the Muslims of the valley”, it said.

MMU sees malafide intentions behind government move. “This government in the midst of the major global pandemic when all energies are focused on the fight against it is instead busy bringing in ordinances and rules to change the demography of the Muslim majority state and now by such orders is further assaulting our Muslim identity and values and hurting our religious sentiments”, MMU statement said and called on authorities to immediately withdraw the order.

MMU headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq includes Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid, Darul Uloom Raheemiya, Muslim Personal Law Board, Ittehadul Muslimeen, Anjuman Sharie Shiayan, Jamiat Ahle Hadees, Jamaat-e-Islami, Karwaan-e-Islami, Anjuman Himaayat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Tableegh-ul-Islam, Jamiat Hamdania, Anjuman Ulma-e-Ahnaaf, Darul Uloom Qasmiya, Darul Uloom Bilaliya, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Mazhar-ul-Haq, Anjuman Aima Wa Mashaaikh Kashmir,Muslim Waqf Board, Darul Uloom Naqashbandia, Darul Uloom Rashidia, Ahli Bait Foundation and Paruwan-e-Wilayat.

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