Kapil Mishra confronts Mehbooba Mufti on terrorism

"Terrorism and tourism cant go together. We can fight Pakistan, but how do we fight with people who give shelter to terrorists in J&K? It can't be that you don't accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist and then expect tourism to increase," Mishra said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 3:48 pm
kapil mishra, mehbooba mufti, aap, kashmir, burhan wani, tourism, aap, terrosism, ruckus, kapil mishra vs mehbooba mufti Chaos prevailed at an event attended by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti when Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra asked her if she considered Burhwan Wani and Afzal Guru as terrorists or not, inviting protests from her entourage.

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”.

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“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.

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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.

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  1. S
    Oct 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    No, Mishras behavior to a lady is wly ungracious and not correct. He cannot behave in such a way to a CM of another state. Kejriwal should call up Ms. Mufti and apologize unconditionally ....
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      IML sood
      Oct 4, 2016 at 6:16 pm
      Donot forget my friends he is the same minister who went to Supreme Court with pomp and show to blame Haryana during water crisis in Delhi sometime ago.He was spotted by SC judge sitting there and was told sternly to go back to office rather than wasting time there(as if the SC is a picnic spot) and do some work in coordination with Haryana Govt. to minimise Delhi people's suffering light of this incident one can judge the character,work ethics and nature of this minister in AAP Govt full of jokers.Left to people's judgement now to understand what type of Govt. Khujli is running Delhi to ruin every established norm and ethics.
      1. A
        Oct 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm
        Bhakats please answer mehbuba muftis answer on why bjp its alliance partner has d9ne such a bad law and order pfoblem in delhi
        1. A
          Oct 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm
          Look at the atude of tourism minister of Delhi. He does not deserve this position. He should be immediately removed. Tourism minister has to be polite. What has he done for tourists? Mehbooba is right. Delhi is not safe for women. AAP had promised CCTV in buses, wifi, etc. None has been fulfilled. The only thing they are good at is creating controversies.
          1. N
            Oct 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm
            Of all states of India with potential, the one that has lost most is Kashmir. It was the number 1 tourist destination. We had many films shot there. The abundant natural beauty of the state could have challenged Switzerland if it had been nurtured the right way. The most important requirement for a tourist is to be in a place with no violence whatsoever. Unfortunately Kashmiri people have failed to build their state into a haven of peace and tranquility. It should have been in their own interest that they should have helped keep terrorists away. The support of the Indian Army should not have been required. The rest of the country has made some progress with much lesser natural resources. Today rest of India has a large potion of younger affluent people who would have thronged to Kashmir for a holiday and splurged. But no one does as they fear violence may erupt any time. Domestic tourist from rest of India alone should be enough for Kashmir to become affluent. The Pak sympathizers among Kashmiris should reflect if stan has had any success as a tourist destination. Its own government claims to be a victim of domestic terrorism. If decades p without affluence coming from local GDP, the poce would become poorer by the year.
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