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Missionaries making Kashmir youths drug addicts alleges Syed Ali Gilani-GCIC refutes charges

ICC Note:

Missionaries routinely get blamed for a whole manner of supposed crimes. In attempts to shut them up or discredit them, they are accused of paying people to convert as well coming with intent to destroy culture. In this case volunteer groups and missionaries are also being accused of “making the youths addicted to liquors and drugs.”

06/19/2012 India (CPUI)-Sri Nagar: A delegation from Khudai Khidmatgar and National Alliance for People’s Movement (NAPM) recently met Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani during his house arrest in Sri Nagar. Gilani talked with the delegation on various issues concerning Kashmir and Kashmiris. He made some allegations against missionaries, agencies and NGOs who have come from outside Kashmir and according to him are harming the local culture and youths.The Delegation consisted of Social Activist Faisal Khan of NAPM, Shanawaz Mir, Mohammed Anas and Inamul Hasan of Khudai Khidmatgar.

In a statement, Khudai Khidmatgar said that the Hurriyat leader said NGOs and agencies which are here in the name of voluntary services are destroying the traditional and cultural values of Kashmir. He also alleged that some of the agencies and missionaries are doing forceful conversion by offering money and rewards to the people as well as making the youths addicted to liquors and drugs. This he said could lead to social disturbance in the society. According to Khudai Khidmatgar, the Kashmiri leader urged NGOs coming from several parts of India to Kashmir, to first concentrate on their own places since various issues are unsolved with Minorities, Scheduled Caste and Tribals. He openly said that his organization has no interest in supporting non-Kashmir organization.

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