Thursday, 6 October 2016

Tourism Or Terrorism Event

Amid growing tension between India and Pakistan, a war of words erupted at a tourism event in the national capital, after Delhi Tourism minister Kapil Mishra asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to clarify her position on Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, and Afzal Guru.

Beginning his speech, Mishra asked Mufti is she considered "Burhan Wani a terrorist or not".

"Terrorism and tourism can't 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," he said.

Mishra then went on to asking Mufti, if she considered Afzal Guru a terrorist or not.

Although even as the event organisers rushed to contain the matter and interrupted Mishra's speech urging him not to use the space for politics, Mishra exited the event claiming that he didn't want to share the dais with Mufti.

Mufti, however, refrained from commenting on Mishra, she highlighted rising 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 added, "The biggest confidence building measure in the current scenario would be if you visit our state, it will portray your trust in us. We need you, I don't know if you need Kashmir or not, but Kashmir needs you."