The march was organised under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum from a remote village named Kani-e-Dajan in Budgam district and culminated near Charar-e-Sharif
The civil society in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday came out to speak against Pakistan-sponsored terror, separatism and to wean away the youth from stone-pelting as over a 1000 people waged a historic march from Budgam district to the sacred shrine of Charar-e-Sharif, the past resting place of Sheikh-ul-Aalam.
The civil society in the state, which has so far chosen to stay behind veils for the fear of retribution from terrorists, finally came out and demanded apart from azaadi from terror and stone-pelting, but also a blanket ban over the sale and consumption of liquor.
The march was organised under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum from a remote village named Kani-e-Dajan in Budgam district and culminated near Charar-e-Sharif.
Activists joined in from other villages while passing through Barna Pathar, Chalyan, Batpora, Zeepanchal, Dalwan and Pakharpora villages in Budgam.
The chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum, Farooq Ahmad Ganai, said this march was the first-of-its-kind to wake the masses especially, the rural folk.
“We want an end gun culture in the Kashmir Valley; Kashmiris have suffered for several decades now. It is time to get rid of fear. We are peace-loving people of the Valley,” Ganai told MyNation.
“The forum demands an end to terror from our society and a blanket ban on alcohol, which is against the religious sentiments of the Muslim population and which has seriously hurt them,” he said
“We should strive to rediscover the faded ethos of ‘Kashmiriyat’ comprising universal brotherhood, religious tolerance and hospitality. Forum will also help poor in getting education and stopping of drugs in the society which is killing the young generation.”
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Last Updated 22, Jul 2018, 12:40 PM