Congress’s Indian overseas head Sam Pitroda, who helped refurbish the image of party’s national president Rahul Gandhi on Friday waded into a huge controversy by underplaying magnitude of Pulwama terror attacks and questioning the veracity of the Balakot airstrikes.
Referring to the Pulwama attack in a chat with news agency ANI, Pitroda said, “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.”
At least 40 CRPF cops died in Pulwama when a Kashmiri terrorist belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist outfit rammed anexplosives-lades vehicle into the bus carrying these cops on February 14, 2019.
Referring to the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Sam Pitroda said: “Eight people come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation (Pakistan).Naive to assume that just because some people came and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don’t believe in that way”.
About 174 people, including nationals of several countries had died in the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai’s iconic Taj Hotel and other places in 2008.
Incidentally, several retired military officers have now revealed that Indian forces wanted to carry out airstrikes on LeT terror camps post in Pakistan 26/11, but couldn’t as the government of the day didn’t allow it.
With regard to the airstrikes carried out by Indian Air Force on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019, Pitroda said: “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”.
Post Pulwama attack, the US, the UK and France had moved a proposal in the Un Security Council to ban Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar. But China blocked the move that was backed by all other 14 member countries. However, several countries have since put a freeze on Masood Azhar’s assets.