Delhi tourism minister Kapil Mishra today reportedly triggered a ‘commotion’ at a tourism event being attended by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in New Delhi. He questioned Mufti over terrorist Burhan Wani. “It can’t be that you don’t accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist and then expect tourism to increase in the state,” Mishra said.
Mishra further alleged: “Terrorists are being treated as tourists in Kashmir. Yesterday two terrorists escaped from Baramulla. Where did they go? Somebody may have sheltered them. How long will this go on? Whom to fight with? People of J&K or outsiders.” His statement, however, triggered an uproar and a brief commotion at the event, reports said.
Speaking at the Bharat International Tourism Bazaar function in New Delhi, Mishra alleged that people of Jammu and Kashmir shelter terrorists. “We can fight Pakistan, but how do we fight with people who give shelter to terrorists in J&K?” he said.
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Kashmir safer for Women, girls than Delhi, says Mehbooba Mufti
Mufti gave it back to the Delhi minister, saying that women are safer in Kashmir than Delhi. “Women are safest in my Kashmir as compared to any place in the world, including Delhi. That is the biggest thing my state can offer.”
“Women and girls are safest there. They don’t have to fear that they will be raped in a car in Kashmir,” Mufti said.
Mishra’s statement gave a political colour to the event that was supposed to be apolitical. That, however, didn’t stop Mufti from talking about the good things of her state. She also said that things are normal in the state. “Only there are some problems in the border areas.”
Both Centre and the J&K government have repeatedly pledged in the last few months to take the state back on the path of development. Inviting people to visit and invest in the “peace of Kashmir”, Mufti said, “Biggest confidence building measure is if you visit our state. It will show that you trust us.”
Mufti appealed that Kashmir needs people of the country. “We need you. I don’t know if you need Kashmir or not, but Kashmir needs you.”