Srinagar, December 16 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, people held a protest demonstration in Pahalgam area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district against the opening of a liquor shop in the tourist resort.
The participants of protest organised by the managing committee of the central Jamia Masjid, Pahalgam, and civil society groups, raised slogans against the opening of the liquor shop and demanded its closure.
Chairman of the mosque’s managing committee, Rafi Mir, talking to reporters said, it is an unfortunate move as this place has religious and tourism significance and this has hurt the sentiments of the people. “It has spread anxiety among the people. Not only this area, but we want all of Jammu and Kashmir to become alcohol-free,” Mir added.
Social activist Mushtaq Pahalgami said the decision to open the liquor shop has hurt the sentiments of people in Pahalgam which is a religiously significant place.
He said, this place is also a base camp of the annual Hindu Amarnath Yatra and has a religious significance. “There are many states in India where alcohol is prohibited, so why not in this area?” he asked.