An event to promote tourism in Delhi turned into a political battle on Tuesday when AAP minister Kapil Mishra asked Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister to clarify her position on Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose killing triggered mass protest in Valley. Kapil began his speech by asking Mufti if she considers “Burhan Wani a terrorist or not”.
“It can’t be that you don’t accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist and then expect tourism to increase. Terrorism and tourism can’t go together. Mahesh Sharma said Kashmir is our pride, but terrorists are treated as tourists there,” said Mishra.
“We can fight Pakistan, but how do we fight with people who give shelter to terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. The AAP minister underlined that it is “painful” to see that “terrorists are being treated as tourists in Kashmir.”
Mufti in the month of July had said that she would have given Burhan Wani “a chance had she known he was trapped in the encounter.”
Chaos prevailed after Mishra’s comment as the organisers of the event interrupted the AAP minister and urged him not to use the space for politics. Mishra left the venue, saying he does not want to share the dais with her after he was forced to stop his address following strong protests from some in the audience and officials accompanying Mufti.
However, when Mufti’s turn came to speak, she embarrassed Mishra by highlighting the issue of crime against women in the national capital.
“Any place in the world, including Delhi, women are safest in my Kashmir. They move around in shikaras and houseboats. That’s the biggest thing my state can offer. As compared to any place in the world, including Delhi, women and girls are safest; there is no fear of getting raped in a car,” said Mufti.
She also said that the biggest confidence building measure would be if a visit is paid to Jammu and Kashmir.
“The biggest confidence building measure is if you visit our state, it shows that you trust us. We need you, I don’t know if you need Kashmir or not, but Kashmir needs you,” Mehbooba said.
“People of our nation are so nice and so are the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she added.