Muslim organizations in Kashmir have opposed opening liquor vends in the Valley, prompting the State Government to clarify that it was not considering any such move, PTI reported.
The Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), a Muslim organization, headed by Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said any move by the administration to open liquor shops across the length and breadth of the Valley would be strongly opposed and resisted.
"The Government order which is widely circulating on social media 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.
It asked the Government to withdraw this "immoral and anti-Islam order immediately". Kashmir is a predominantly Muslim region.
The Finance Department of the Union Territory, however, said it has not taken any policy decision regarding issuance of fresh liquor licenses in unserved areas.
"No list of unserved areas has either been considered or approved. No decision will be taken without the participation of stakeholders and the due process," it said.