Srinagar, July 16 (PR): Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed deep grief over the death of 30 people due to cloudburst in Neelam Valley area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK). He extended his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for heavenly abode for the deceased and early recovery for the injured.
In a statement issued to KPS, Mirwaiz also expressed solidarity with the people who suffered damages to their residential houses, property, orchards, and crop caused by the strong wind and hailstorm in south Kashmir’s Tral and north Kashmir’s Sopore area.
Mirwaiz said the natural calamities put people to a test as it is a sign from Almighty. “Of late, the damages taking place due to hailstorm, gusty winds, landslides, and other natural calamities have shown surge in Kashmir with the result huge losses have been witnessed,” he said and urged people to repent before Almighty Allah and seek his forgiveness.
He urged people to act as responsible citizens of Kashmir and protect their natural resources including trees, forests, glaciers, rivers and streams.
Mirwaiz expressed concern that people are resorting to cutting of trees in forests illegally and allowing the encroachment of rivers and streams across Kashmir with the result the nature’s fury has become a routine affair in the Valley that was bestowed with the endless bounties from the Almighty.
He urged the authorities to fulfill their responsibilities in this regard.