Srinagar, July 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani in a stimulating message to the nation has lamented that the territory which is bleeding for the last 7 decades with death and destruction having knocked every soul is now facing a new and unique monster of drugs, running deep in the society threatening its existence.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said daily deaths, custodial killings, physical torture in jails, injuries in peaceful protests, uncertain and unknown future, judicial onslaught, attending police stations and courts to get rid of fake cases has already suffocated the Kashmiri youth and now menace of drugs seems to be last nail in the coffin. He added, “Before this evil destroys the basics of our culture, our identity, our faith and our social network — it needs to be dealt with a heavy hand.”

Syed Ali Gilani said that this epidemic has to be addressed at various levels and that parents have a huge responsibility to keep an eye on the activities, behavioral changes, extracurricular and outside assignments of their kids, and whenever they feel any change, they need to nip the evil in the bud. He said educational institution, teachers and their owners should ensure that no suspected individuals are allowed to open a tuck shop near schools and that the teachers need to educate students about this catastrophic social evil. Calling liquor mother of all evils, Gilani said that 2.5 million people die annually only because of liquor, but this poison is available in open market in Kashmir so freely and easily that even a juvenile can get it.

He said to pin hopes on police and administration seems to be irrational as they by the help of a vast and gross root information network nab the pro-freedom youth within hours, but this drug and liquor mafia is flourishing day by day under the watchful eyes of law enforcing agencies.

He urged the imams and Khateebs to apprise the society on every Friday about this fast growing epidemic, engulfing the youth, adding that they cannot afford to lose their generation to drugs as they are already paying a heavy price for daring to stand for their basic and fundamental rights.

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