On Friday, Sam Pitroda, the chief of Indian Overseas Congress and a close confidant of Congress President of Rahul Gandhi questioned the death toll in the Balakot airstrike carried out by the Indian Air Force in response to the Pulwama terror attack while saying that it was wrong to attack Pakistan for Pulwama attack.
Speaking to the ANI on the terror attack which killed over 45 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, Sam Pitroda said, “Don’t know much about attacks. It happens all the time. The attack happened in Mumbai also, we could have then reacted and just sent our planes but that is not the right approach. According to me, that’s not how you deal with the world.”
Sam Pitroda,Indian Overseas Congress Chief on #PulwamaAttack:Don’t know much about attacks,it happens all the time,attack happened in Mumbai also,we could have then reacted and just sent our planes but that is not right approach.According to me that’s not how you deal with world. pic.twitter.com/QZ6yXSZXb2
— ANI (@ANI) March 22, 2019
Shockingly, Sam Pitroda further added that it was not right to “punish” Pakistan because of a few terrorists. “Eight people (26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation (Pakistan). Naive to assume that just because some people came here and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don’t believe in that way,” Sam Pitroda told ANI.
Sam Pitroda also asked for proof of how many terrorists were killed in the Balakot Airstrikes referring to the “doubts raised by foreign media”.
The statements made by Sam Pitroda are neither shocking nor surprising anymore as Congress leaders have been raising doubts on the Balakot air strikes conducted by the Indian Airforce. Congress President Rahul Gandhi himself was caught on camera dancing just hours after the Pulwama attack. Congress then deleted the video after it was pointed out.
Congress leader B K Hariprasad, a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka, had stirred a controversy by mocking the Pulwama terrorist attack which claimed the lives more than 40 CRPF personnel. Hariprasad called the terrorist attack a ‘fixed-match’ between PM Modi and Pakistan.
Similarly, Goa Congress leader Chellakumar had alleged that the Pulwama attack was orchestrated by PM Modi and went on to ask where were the bodies of terrorists who were killed in the airstrikes. Kumar had also floated a conspiracy theory that the Pulwama terror attack, the responsibility of which was claimed by Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, was an inside job.
Just after the cowardly attack by a Kashmiri terrorist belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed 40 lives of our CRPF soldiers, the Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had rubbed salt on their wounds by alleging that the terrorist was a ‘Home-grown so-called terrorist’.
Following the airstrikes, Pakistan had attempted to attack Indian military establishments before Indian airforce intercepted to thwart their attacks. With its strike package comprising of various aircraft, Indian airforce was successful in pushing back Pakistani jets and during the air fight, one MiG-21 Bison was hit after it had shot down a more lethal Pakistan’s F-16.