MMU pledges a ‘sustained campaign to prevent growing suicides, drug abuse in Kashmir’

Srinagar, Aug 03: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of different religious organizations of Kashmir, Tuesday said that they will launch a sustained campaign to plug the growing incidents of suicides and drugs abuse among youth in once conservative Valley.

The MMU also said that it will shoot a letter to J&K’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to seek release of MMU chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other political leaders languishing in various jails in and outside J&K.

Addressing a joint press conference here after hectic deliberations, senior MMU member and J&K’s Grand Mufti Nasir ul Islam said that in the meeting the MMU members deliberated on the serious issues of growing number of suicides and the unabated drug abuse in the Valley.

“We have decided to come into the field and to launch a serious and sustained campaign to plug both issues. Suicides are a concern and shouldn’t take place and similarly, drug abuse is a big issue and it is consuming our young generation,” Mufti Nasir said. He said that if any Imam or cleric is found involved in playing any sort of mischief by means of misleading youth or creating an atmosphere of fear among girls to push them towards drug abuse and suicides, action will follow.

He said that the MMU also decided to demand vociferously the release of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is under house detention since August 5, 2019. “We also demand release of all those political leaders who are languishing in various jails in and outside Kashmir since past over two years. I will also write a letter on behalf of MMU to LG Sinha and seek the release of Mirwaiz and other political leaders’ forthwith,” the Grand Mufti said. He however, said that they will not meet LG Sinha in person over the issue. kno

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