New Delhi: Congress overseas in-charge Sam Pitroda is back on the defensive over his not-so-recent remarks on the Indian Air Force-led strikes on terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.
News agency ANI quoted Pitroda saying that he is entitled to raise questions and his way of seeking truth should not be painted with an ‘anti-national’ brush. “A few weeks ago I said something about Balakot, immediately PM started tweeting, head of BJP party went wild, called a press conference. Congress leaders started calling me why did you say that? I said what did I say? I said the truth,” he said.
“I said the truth, I asked a question and I’m entitled to ask a question. Just because I asked a question, you can’t label me that I’m not a nationalist, Who are you to ask me? That’s when you need courage,” Pitroda added.
Sam Pitroda raised quite a few eyebrows last month 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 the 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!”