J&K govt faces anger, says no booze-shop plan

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Srinagar: Religious and political organisations in

Kashmir

have opposed a reported move to open liquor vends in the Valley, prompting the government to clarify on Sunday that it was not considering any such move.
The Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of socio-religious organisations, headed by

Hurriyat Conference

chairman

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

, said any move by the administration to open liquor shops in the Valley will be strongly opposed and resisted.
“The government order ... clearly stating governments plan to set up liquor shops at 67 locations in

Kashmir valley

is causing

grave concern

and anguish among the Muslims of the valley,” the MMU said in a statement. The finance department of the Union territory, however, said it has not taken any policy decision regarding issuance of fresh liquor licences in unserved areas.

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