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Srinagar, The girl who moved to the front pages of the newspapers during 2017 summer, when student protests erupted across Kashmir, for throwing stones on police is emerging into a spokesperson of female football in Jammu and Kashmir. On Tuesday when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the J&K CM’s Football team, she was the lone speaker to talk about the “pathetic” sports infrastructure in Kashmir.

Afshan Ashiq talked about the state of infrastructure and the sportspersons desire to excel. She avoided any politics and said the Union Home Minister knew her but did not talk about her stone pelting incident. As Captain of the J&K CM’s football team, she was part of the 22-member team that spent almost half an hour Rajnath. The team was in Delhi to participate in Indian Women’s League.

After talking to Afshan, Home Minister rang up Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He told her that she must flag the grey areas in the infrastructure that could be tackled. “You see to it which part we must do and which part the Jammu and Kashmir government will take care of,” sources informed about the brief talk.