New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley slammed Congress’ Indian Overseas chief Sam Pitroda over his Balakot airstrike remark and said it is unfortunate such people are ideologues of a political party. Jaitley added that Pitroda’s statement ‘compromises India as a nation’.
Taking a swipe at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Jaitley said, “Agar Guru aisa ho to shishya kitna nikamma niklega ye desh ko aaj bhugatna pad raha hai.” (If the teacher is such, then it is evident how useless the student will be. The country is suffering because of this today.) Calling Pitroda’s statement an ‘erroneous premise’, he said that ‘there is a distinction between the non-state actors and state actors in Pakistan’. Jaitley said the non-state actors are ‘an extended limb’ of the state actors in Pakistan.
The Finance Minister further said, “He believes what we did was wrong. No country in the world said this, not even the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said this, only Pakistan was of this view.” Saying so, Jaitley made it clear that India’s security doctrine had changed and evolved under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
He said, “Now, we will not fight terror while being on the backfoot. Cross-border strikes we conducted were praised by the global community.” “Earlier the Indian government’s policy was to fight terrorists when they come to the country, it has evolved since the UPA regime ended in 2004, he added.”
Sam Pitroda on Friday raised quite a few eyebrows after he said that Pulwama-like attacks happen all the time. Questioning the death toll in the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in response to the Pulwama terror attack, Pitroda said it was wrong to attack Pakistan. Citing the 26/11 attack, Pitroda said it was naive to assume that because some people came and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. He had said, “8 people (26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation (Pakistan). I don’t believe in that way.”
Following Pitroda’s statement, PM Modi too lambasted the Opposition saying it just ‘demeans India’s armed forces and humiliate families of martyrs’ time and again. The Prime Minister said, “The most trusted advisor and guide of the Congress President has kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces. Shame!”