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Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Sam Pitroda reignites Balakot airstrike proof debate, asks for more evidence

Pitroda Also Said That Attacks Like Pulwama Happen All The Time.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 22 Mar 2019, 11:39:00 AM

New Delhi:

In another self goal by the Congress, Sam Pitroda, party chief's close aide, on Friday questioned the death toll in the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force in response to the Pulwama terror attack and said it was wrong to attack Pakistan. “If they (IAF) killed 300, its ok. All I am saying is can you give me more facts and prove it,” said Pitroda in a wide-ranging interview to news agency ANI.

When asked his views on the airstrike against the Jaish-e-Mohammad camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, the Chairman of the Overseas Indian National Congress  said that international news outlets had an alternate view of the impact of the air strike and that the people of India deserved to know the facts of the Air Force operation.

 “I would like to know a little more because I read reports in the New York Times and other newspapers. Did we really attack? We really killed 300 people? I don’t know that. As a citizen, I am entitled to know and if I ask it is my duty to ask, that doesn’t mean I’m not a nationalist, That doesn’t mean I am on this side or that side. We need to know the facts. If you say 300 people were killed, I need to know that. We all need to know that, people of India need to know that and then comes global media which says nobody was killed. I look bad as an Indian citizen,” said Pitroda.

"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," said Pitroda on the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed by Jaish terrorists.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress and used Pitroda’s comment to reiterate that the Congress-led UPA governments didn’t act against Pakistan despite repeated provocations and terror attacks.

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First Published : 22 Mar 2019, 11:16:14 AM