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AAP tourism minister Kapil Mishra hassles Mehbooba Mufti over Burhan question

She hit back saying, "I would say women are safest in Kashmir...There is no fear, god forbid, of getting raped in a moving car"
Anantnag: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during a programme organised to flag-off new trains between Banihal and Baramulla in Anantnag of Jammu and Kashmir, on May 5, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Sharma caused commotion at a tourism promotion event in Delhi on Tuesday, when he questioned Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti about her stand on Burhan Wani.

As reported by Indian Express, at an event to promote tourism, Mishra asked Mufti to clarify her position on Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose killing triggered mass protests in the Valley. Kapil began his speech by asking Mufti if she considers “Burhan Wani a terrorist or not”.

“You must tell us if you believe Burhan Wani was a terrorist…It can’t be that you don’t accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist and then expect tourism to increase,” Mishra said.

This led to chaos as event organisers interrupted the AAP minister and urged him not to use the space for politics. Angry Mishra left the venue, saying he did not want to share the dais with Mufti after he was forced to stop his address following strong protests from some in the audience and officials accompanying Mufti.

Later in her speech, Mufti acknowledged the state of unrest in Kashmir, but at the same time hit back at Delhi administration saying that Kashmir is the “safest place because no tourist has ever been harmed there”.

She said, “I would say women are safest in Kashmir…There is no fear, god forbid, of getting raped in a moving car.”

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