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IF organizes grand conference on rising drug abuse, suicides in Srinagar



Make Islamic Studies Compulsory in private schools, set-up counselling cells for students: Muhammad Aamir to private schools owners; curbing social evils a collective fight, Islam the only way forward: : Speakers

(Asian News Hub) – A grand conference under the title ‘Depression, Rising suicides and Drug abuse’ was organized by Islamic Fraternity (IF) on Sunday at Jamia Masjid Rangtang, Kawdara in Srinagar.

Noted Islamic scholar, Da’ee and former Peace Tv speaker Bhopal Mr. Athar Khan was chief guest on the occasion, while as, President Private Schools’ Association of J&K (PSAJK), GN War, former Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president, Dr. Suhail Naik, Moulana Farooq Ahmad of Bazm e Tawheed and Yaqeen-ul-Haq Sikandar, a psychologist, were among the speakers who delivered speeches on drug abuse like worrying trends in Kashmir society.

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Mr. Athar Khan while referring to figures revealing spike in drug abuse cases, lamented the distressing trend in Kashmir. He said that these evils were alien to Kashmir society till recently.

He said that ups and downs are part of life and people should build capacities to deal with life-altering situations. Saying that cases of suicides in very less in Islam, he said that Muslims have strong belief system which stops them from taking extreme steps like suicides.

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“A good practising Muslims will never ever commit a suicide because it is haram in Islam. Moreover, a ray of hope always remains alive and well present in Muslims which helps them to pass off hard times better than the people from other religions,” he said.

Applauding the resilience of Kashmiri Muslims, he said that Indian Muslims live their lives watching struggling Kashmiris shining all over the world despite turbulent times, hardships and lack of resources.

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“Every third Kashmiri I meet outside Kashmir is either enrolled for Phd at a university or planning to go for one. All the time it amazes me that how do they manage to do it. But eveytime it feels heart-warming,” Athar revealed.

He appealed Muslims in Kashmir to get connected with the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Sahaabah and ponder- how as a human being Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Sahaabah lived their lives.

President IF, Muhammad Aamir said that the conference was organized to create awareness about the worrisome situation in valley due to surge in suicide cases and manifold rise in drug abuse cases in Kashmir.

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He said that the gap between Islam and Muslims is widening which, as per him, is the primary reason behind one after other social evils in the society. To address to this grace concern, he suggested and strongly requested to the owners of private schools that they make Islamic Studies subject compulsory in private educational institutions.

He further said that there is need to create counselling cells in schools to guide and counsel misguided youths towards straight and right path.

Aamir said that doctors can also play an important role in curbing these social evils by voluntarily meeting civil society members, Islamic scholars and other respected citizens and conveying to them the strategies to eradicate the menace in society.

“This is a collective fight in making a society free of social evils. We have to work from individual to organizational level to break the chain of drug abuse in Kashmir. This grave issue needs our immediate attention,” he said.

Aamir suspected a conspiracy behind sudden rise in drug abuse in society and warned people to remain vigilant and do not let the drugs eat up young generation of Kashmir. “Our young generation is being targeted with a well-thought plan by our enemies. We need to stand up and dismantle all these plans,” Aamir said.

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President Private Schools’ Association of J&K (PSAJK), GN War, who also spoke on the occasion, said that there is a well-planned chain in place which makes sure supply of drugs to the customers.

“We shouldn’t rely on the government to end this menace but take initiatives ourselves at all levels to eradicate these evils from our society. The disturbing fact is that a huge chunk of students are turning into drug addicts. We need to identify those who are ruining our students in Kashmir,” War said.

He said that Islamic and worldly knowledge should go side by side to lay a strong base for students in schools. He thanked Aamir for taking an initiative by organizing this conference.

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Yaqeen-ul-Haq Sikandar, a psychologist based in Kashmir, explained the early signs of drug abusers and ways to identify and treat them at an initial stage.

“Communication gap between parents and children has been found one of the many reasons behind involvement of children in drug addiction. We should talk to our children and listen to them. The more they express themselves the less are the chances they will fall into drug addiction,” he said.

He said that parents should also check the friend circle of their children as, he said, it is almost impossible that a child will fall into drug addiction on its own. “There must be someone, most likely a broker, who lures him (child) to drug addiction or guides him to the people or locations where he can arrange drugs to consume,” he said.

He stressed on spiritual knowledge of children saying that the practice of this knowledge will keep children away from evils like drug addiction and suicides.

He referred to various research studies conducted abroad wherein it has been found that people living a rough and religious life makes them mentally stronger than rest of the people, saying that conflict or sorrowfulness should never be an excuse to commit suicide or consume drugs.

While delivering a short speech on the above subject, former Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president, Dr. Suhail Naik revealed shocking details about drug abuse in Kashmir.

He said that a fair number of women are involved in consumption and supply of drugs in Kashmir. “Women and girls are being used or get involved in supply of drugs to the potential customers, which is another distressing sign in Kashmir,” he said.

He suggested an iron-fist policy towards drug addiction and appealed people to not tolerate or normalise drug suppliers in their societies. “The irony and unfortunate part of our societies is that we garland drug suppliers with flowers only because he is rich. Ignoring the fact that they ruined our young generation,” Naik said.

Moulana Farooq Ahmad connected the drug abuse and suicides with less practice of religious knowledge and beliefs. He said that a person falls into despair and subsequently in other social evils when he goes astray.

“We should always stick to the rope of Almighty Allah. We should offer daily prayers and have sound belief in destiny. We should trust the plans of Allah and let Him decide the fate for us,” he emotionally appealed to the people patiently listening him in the mosque.

President Islamic Fraternity, Muhammad Aamir concluded the conference by thanking guests, speakers and the participants who had come from multiple districts of Kashmir. He said that such programs will continue till all the social evils are eradicated in Kashmir.


Man found dead at Zaldagar



Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – Body of a 38-year-old man was found at a graveyard in Zaldagar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning.

Official sources told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of 38-year-old man identified as Feroz Ahmad Tarray resident of Zaldagar was found at graveyard.

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He said that a police party reached the spot and shifted the body to a nearby hospital, while further investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of his death.

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Encounter rages in Drangbal Pampore



Top LeT Commander involved in killing of two cops in Baghat trapped: IGP Kashmir

(Asian News Hub) – An encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Drangbal Pampore area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday morning.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a joint of team of police, Army and CRPF after receiving information about the presence of militants launched search operation in the area.

He said that as the joint team of forces intensified searches towards suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon the party, which was retaliated, thus triggering an encounter.

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He said that the exchange of fire is on in the area and one to two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir said that top Let Commander involved Umar Mushtaq Khanday who was involved in killing of two cops at Baghat is trapped in Pampore encounter.

Pertinently, umar was recently named among top 10 militants in Kashmir.

“LeT commander amongst #top 10 #militant namely Umar Mustaq Khandey who was involved in #killing of two police personnel at Baghat #Srinagar & other terror crimes trapped in Pampore #Encounter: IGP Kashmir.” Kashmir police zone tweeted.

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In 3 hours; two LeT (TRF) militants killed in Pulwama, Sgr encounters: Police



Militant killed in Pulwama was involved in killing of PDD employee at Batamaloo; Slain at Bemina encounter had killed SI Arshid at Khanyar, both slain locals; now only 3 militants active from Sgr district; 11 militants killed in 8 encounters this month: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir police Friday said that two Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF) militants were killed in two separate encounters in southern Pulwama and Srinagar, who were involved in the killing of a civilian and probationary sub-inspector.

A police officer told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that based on a specific input, police, army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in village Wahibugh area of Pulwama. “During the search operation, when the suspected house where the militant was hiding, was zeroed-in, repeated offers of surrender were made. But the militant fired indiscriminately at the forces triggering a gun-battle,” he said. “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Shahid Bashir Shiekh, resident of Habba Kadal, Srinagar was killed and his body retrieved from the site of encounter.” The officer said that slain militant had joined militancy recently and was linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (TRF). Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar told KNO that slain militant Shahid was involved in the killing of civilian and PDD employee Muhammad Shafi Dar of Batamaloo, Srinagar. “We have recovered an AK-47 riffle from the slain militant,” the IGP said.

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About the second encounter, police said based on a specific input by police about the presence of a militant at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina area of Srinagar, an operation was launched by the police in the area. “During the search operation, the hiding militant was asked to surrender but he fired at the forces triggering an encounter,” a police official said, adding that “In the ensuing encounter, one militant identified as Tanzeel Ahmed, a resident of Haba Kadal, Srinagar.

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He said that the slain Tanzeel was involved in the killing of Probationary Sub Inspector Arshid Ashraf at Khanyar, Srinagar on September 12. The Kashmir police chief said that Shahid and Tanzil were also “collaborators in recent killings of a chemist and two teachers in the city.” The IGP Kashmir said that after recent civilian killings, Srinagar based militants had shifted to South Kashmir “but we continued to track their movements and managed to zero in on them today.”

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“Now only three militants are active as two have been killed today. We are after the remaining three and will soon get them,” the IGP said, both the encounters took place within a span of three hours. “Both operations are over and two-AK-47 rifles have been recovered from the two slain militants,” he said.

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