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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    Sirius
    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.
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        Anirudh
        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
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          Achal
          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.
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            Narayan
            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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              Pork Kabab
              Oct 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm
              Kashmir is beautiful but not the people living in the valley. I have been to Kashmir. They are just useless Islamic people - always talking in terms of you (means Indians) and us (Kashmiris). Till they change their atude and be secular like other parts of India, nobody will feel safe visiting an Islamic state in India. Muslims are famous in backstabbing.
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                Ananth
                Oct 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                Whether it is true or not bulk of the Indians even today remember the release of the terrorists in exchange for the life of the sister of Mehbooba years back as a drama pla out by Mr. Say to favour the Terrorists. It is a different matter that due to compulsions BJP is forced to share the government with PDP perhaps to keep them in check. Now the onus lies entirely on the Kashmiris including PDP and Mehbooba to behave and prove their solidarity with India if they wish to live peacefully and enjoy the freedom which only India can accord to them as well as to Muslims in general than any other country on earth.
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                  Manohar Sharma
                  Oct 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                  AAP (An Anti-national Party)
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                    Manohar Sharma
                    Oct 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm
                    Kapil Mishra is an .
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                      S Subramaniam
                      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm
                      I am ashamed that the AAP for making the non-political meeting into a political one.
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                        Priyank
                        Oct 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm
                        Aap nautanki people think they can fight papistan while their nautanki leader kujliwal questions the army's surgical strikes and supports anti-national and papistani propaa. Aap is turning out to be the worst party which is full of jokers. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On one hand they have a Google health minister who takes advice of deadly diseases from Dr. Google and they have another minister who goes on foreign trips using taxpayer's money while taxpayers die. And to top it all off they spend crores on samosas.
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                          Real Truth
                          Oct 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm
                          The JNU party has turned ultra nationalist so it can fish in troubled political waters, no matter what the cost to the nation itself be. Disgusting.
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                            Rajat
                            Oct 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                            Keep your skunky logic with in your country.. JandK in never a complete part of INDIA.. India is using resources of our land and making us the corrupt.. and also killing the MUSLIM youth..
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                              sacchadesi
                              Oct 4, 2016 at 8:12 pm
                              AAPshouldnt try to join bhakt brigade.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Else they will also end up looking like fools as Bhakts do every second minute.
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                                Dharamvir Saihgal
                                Oct 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                                There is a time for everything.Time to be born and time to die.Time to open the mouth and time to keep shut.The questions were ill timed.That was not the right platform even.lt;br/gt;Thank Goodness that she showed her maturity and didn't question someone's mental status.Had she been a little political,there would have been a turmoil and things would have gone beyond control.Those who live in gl houses,must not throw stones at others. Those who are too crazy,must not try to be over smart.
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                                  Prateik
                                  Oct 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm
                                  AAPtards are turning ever forum for politics. They are power hungry.
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                                    Varun
                                    Oct 5, 2016 at 11:52 am
                                    True... I use to go to Amarnath Yatra every year and visit Kashmir... Every citizen living there speaks We are Kashmiri and u r Indian.. Regarding the news.. Mehbuba mufti will never answer that question because she dont want to hurt the sentiments of ppl of Kashmir who support such terrorists... Burhan Wani and youth like him who indulge in Anti National activities should have the same ending... Bullet in the HEAD...
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                                      N Venkat
                                      Oct 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                                      The trouble is that AAP seems to be talking about everything except the issues that they are responsible for. What was the need to bring in Burhan Wani for a tourism event? Even if it is proved that Wani has sympathizers in Kashmir, what is Kapil Mishra going to do about it? When Pro Pak slogans were raised in JNU, his party took side of "Tolerance Brigade". Why this sudden nationalism?
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                                        yash sehgal
                                        Oct 4, 2016 at 6:05 pm
                                        Respected Ms Muftilt;br/gt;Please forgive we delhites for our Himalyan ber to have elected aa p to power n habing ruined our beautiful Delhi..
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