Srinagar, Feb 01: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday expressed serious concern at the alarming increase in drug abuse among the youth of the valley and said “Kashmiri nation has to come together against this menace before it turns uglier and the situation goes out of hands’.
Addressing the Friday gathering at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz as per a statement said “while on one hand we are face to face with severe repression and all our rights and resources being usurped and our youth selectively targeted on the other hand growing drug abuse among the young is fast emerging as a major challenge and eating into the vitals of our society and future.”
Mirwaiz said as per the statistics available, a large percentage of the youth are involved in drug abuse which will destroy their life and their future and that of their families. He lamented that even girls are falling prey to it.
“We need to find out the reasons that are pushing our youth to take to drugs. Continued conflict, aggression and violence does play an important role in pushing the youth to find an out let in this. Besides ignorance of parents with regard to their children, peer pressure, domestic issues also seem to be contributing factors,” he added.
Mirwaiz also urged people to take the issue seriously and to rise to the occasion so that the menace is rooted out from the valley once known as the land of Sufi’s. He said that “on one hand our youth are offering priceless sacrifices for our freedom and at the same time cases of consumption of drugs worth crores are coming to fore.”
He said while great alacrity is shown by the government and police to detain youth under draconian PSA for their political beliefs, there is little interest shown by them to act against those involved in this menace even in areas known to all where it is openly happening.
“During a recent meeting with elderly from downtown, it came to fore that Gani Stadium, areas around revered Makhdoom Sahab shrine, Malkhah graveyard, and old buildings and also the areas around Eidgah have become dens where dealers supply and distribute drugs among youth,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz urged every segment of society including parents, teachers, Imams, Preachers Social activists and doctors to come forward and work for the awareness and eradication of drug addiction.
He said that he has asked elderly and youth in the area to form task forces to deal with this pressing issue. “People could form area wise groups and task forces to keep and device plans on how to deal with it and keep the youth away from it. We have to act before situation goes out of hands,” he said.
PDP marches against attacks on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 17: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday took out a peace march in state’s summer capital, urging upon the central government to ensure safety of Kashmiris staying at present at different states across the country.
A peace march taken out from PDP’s Srinagar headquarters was led by PDP vice president Abdul Rahman Veeri and also witnessed the participation of senior party leaders including chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir, Khursheed Alam, Asia Naqash, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Dr Ali Mohammad and several others.
The leaders urged upon the governments of all states in the country to take all requisite measures so that minorities and people hailing from Kashmir valley aren’t targeted, harassed or intimidated.
The leaders also conveyed concern over the smear campaign launched against Kashmiris by few fanatic groups, exposing the already perturbed people to greater risks.
They also pitched for communal harmony and tolerance in Jammu region wherein few elements are out to defame the brotherhood and communal harmony about which Jammu region is known for centuries.
Meanwhile, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Lone Hanjura has urged the government t6 ensure safety of students studying in country’s various colleges and universities. Hanjura said that it is deeply concerning that the students have been made soft targets and are being harassed without any fault. He demanded adequate security to Kashmiri students, employees, patients who are staying in various states and also underscored the need of restoring law & order so that further untoward incidents are avoided.
Attacks on Kashmiris: Whose purpose do the mobs serve, asks Omar
Srinagar, Feb 17: Kashmir is not just a piece of land, it is the people that inhabit it, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah asserted on February 17, saying by attacking Kashmiris, they were being told there is no place for them outside the Valley and no future in the mainland.
“Young Kashmiri students studying outside J&K should have been feted as examples of people who have stayed away from the politics & conflict in Kashmir, choosing instead to make a future for themselves. By attacking them, terrorising them & forcing them to find shelter they are being told there is no place for them outside the valley & no future in the mainland (sic),” Mr. Abdullah tweeted.
The former Chief Minister’s remarks came following reports of attacks on Kashmiris in Jammu and harassment of Kashmiri students at places outside the State.
Abdullah said the enemy has been trying to drive a wedge between the people in Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country and asked whose purpose was being served by “ostracising Kashmiris”.
“Those hotheads that make up the mobs doing this damage need to ask themselves (if they have the mental bandwidth) whose purpose is served by ostracising Kashmiris. Our enemies & those who back terrorism in J&K have been trying to drive this wedge so please please let’s not do their job for them. Kashmir isn’t just a piece of land, it’s the people that inhabit it (sic),” he said.
Guv deputes Advisor to Srinagar to enquire about wellbeing of injured CPRF men
Srinagar, Feb 17: On the directions of the Governor, Satya Pal Malik, Advisor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today visited the 92-Base Army Hospital here to enquire about the wellbeing of the CRPF personnel who were injured in the Pulwama attack on Thursday.
Accompanied by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr. Abid Rasheed Shah, the Advisor met the injured personnel undergoing treatment at the hospital. He was informed by the doctors, led by Brigadier BC. Nimbiar, Commandant 92-Base Hospital, that all the injured men were receiving the best treatment and were recovering well.
The Advisor interacted with the men and conveyed the good wishes of the Governor to them and assured them of the full support of the State Government.
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