BUDGAM, JUL 22: The civil society in Jammu and Kashmir came out to speak against Pakistan-sponsored terror, separatism and to wean away the youth from stone-pelting with over 1500 people conducting a historic march from Budgam district to the sacred shrine of Charar-e-Sharif, the resting place of Sheikh-ul-Aalam on Saturday. The civil society in the state, which had so far chosen to stay behind veils for the fear of retribution from terrorists, finally came out and demanded Azaadi from terror and stone-pelting besides 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.
It is pertinent to mention here that Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum was the part of the larger group of Kashmiri people who had invited Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji to address Paigam-e-Mohabbat in Srinagar in Mar 2018 in which around twelve thousand people from all walks of life from across the valley including ladies in huge numbers had participated as people are already sick of violence and mental agonies they are passing through for the last 3 decades. It’s heartening to see such a large number of women as well who have come out to protest against militancy and addiction.
The chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum, Farooq Ahmad Ganai, while addressing the rally, said this march was the first-of-its-kind to wake the masses especially, the rural folk. “We want an end to gun culture in the Kashmir Valley; Kashmiri’s have suffered for several decades now. It is time to get rid of fear. We are peace-loving people of the Valley,” he said.
After Paigam-e-Mohabbat People are mustering courage to come out. It’s a new beginning for Kashmir. The forum demands an end to terror from the society and a blanket ban on alcohol, which is against the religious sentiments of the Muslim population. We should strive to rediscover the faded ethos of ‘Kashmiriyat’ comprising universal brotherhood, religious tolerance and hospitality. The forum will also help poor in receiving education and eradicating drugs menace in the society which is killing the young generation.