New Delhi: Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra caused an uproar on Tuesday after he attacked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and asked her opinion on Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani.
“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 stand together,” Kapil Mishra said at Bharat International Tourism Bazaar function at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, also being attended by Mehbooba Mufti.
Accusing Mufti of backing terrorists in Kashmir Valley, the AAP minister asserted, “How can we fight Pakistan if terrorists are sheltered in Jammu and Kashmir. Mehbooba Mufti backs terrorists.”
“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?,” Mishra said.
“Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister does not accept Burhan Wani as a terrorist. She must clear her stand on Afzal Guru and Burhan Wani,” he said further at the event adding that “Mufti must condemn Wani.
Mishra’s statement however triggered an uproar and a brief commotion at the event.
The Arvind kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party however, has distanced itself from Kapil Mishra’s controversial statement on Mufti. “We don’t support Mishra’s remark,” a party leader reportedly told News18.