He had arrived to hoist a flag at the main Independence Day function.
Mehbooba, who was hoisting the national flag as Chief Minister for the first time, pulled the string attached to the post only to see the tricolor fall from the post and land on the ground.
Amid the awkward situation, two personnel from the security of the Chief Minister held the flag in their hands till Mehbooba gave the ceremonial salute to the flag.
As Mehbooba left the stage for inspecting the contingents of the police and paramilitary forces, the security staff at the Bakshi Stadium hurriedly set the flag right and hoisted it atop the post.
Indian flag falls off the pole as CM IoK Mehbooba Mufti unfurls it. pic.twitter.com/U7z2zNW1ED
— Azhar Khan (@Azharkh4) August 15, 2016