Geelani Seeks Fatwa Against Farooq Over Liquor Remark

Geelani Seeks Fatwa Against Farooq Over Liquor Remark

6 December 2011
Kashmir Despatch


Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani Tuesday sought a fatwa against National Conference president and union minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, for advocating reopening of liquor and cinema shops in the Valley. “Islam has declared liquor, also called as umul-khabais (mother of all evils), as haram (forbidden) and ordered punitive action against those who consume it. Therefore, Farooq Abdullah’s call for opening liquor shops in this Muslim majority region shows his mental apostasy and proves that, despite old age, his mischievous character is still intact,” Geelani said, while chairing a advisory council meeting of the amalgam today, according to a statement issued here. “Ironically, on one hand, Farooq Abdullah openly talks of promoting liquor in Valley, while on the other, he pays obeisance at the shrines of aulia-ullahs. Hurriyat asks those maulvis and mujawirs who tie turbans on Farooq Abullah’s head at these shrines to issue a fatwa against him,” Geelani said. “The truth is that people like Farooq Abdullah are trying to project themselves as the followers of aulia-ullahs just for the sake of vote bank politics,” he said. Geelani said the “ill-effects” of liquor on an individual and society were known to all. ”Moreover, there has been no impact on the tourism industry of states in India which have banned sale of liquor,” he said, adding that there was no place for “such bawdy activities in this land of aulia-ullahs.” “However, Farooq Abdullah’s statement shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody, for it was his party National Conference which made the sale of liquor in Kashmir legal by getting the State Assembly pass a bill in this regard in 1978,” Geelani said. Geelani said Abdullah and “his family” were responsible for the lawlessness and growing immorality in Kashmir. “What is more disturbing is the naivety of those people who fail to recognize these contradictions and continue to people like Farooq Abdullah blindly,” he said. Jama’at-e-Islami spokesman, Advocate Zahid Ali also criticized the Abdullah’s statement, saying that he has clarified about himself that “he is an enemy of humanity and he is a leader of anti-Islam.”


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