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Congress Leader Sam Pitroda Demands Proof Of Balakot Strikes Says ‘Did We Really Attack’

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| March 22 , 2019 , 14:30 IST

The closest confidant of Congress Sam Pitroda questioned the death toll in the Balakot airstrike conducted by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack.

During an interview, Sam Pritoda said: “If they (IAF) killed 300, it is okay. All I am saying is can you give me more facts and prove it.”

Speaking on the terror attack which killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, 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."

Pitroda also added 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," Pitroda said.

After Pitroda’s comment PM Narendra Modi tweeted that Piroda was “loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty”.

Pritoda also stated that “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.”

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He also sought a dialogue with Pakistan “I am a Gandhian, I believe in more compassion and respect. I believe in more dialogues personally. I think we should have a dialogue with everybody. Why just Pakistan? We are having a dialogue with the whole world,” he added.

Pitroda in the latter half of the interview with ANI clarified that his remarks on the Pulwama terror attack and Balakot air strikes were his personal views and not those of the Congress. “I am talking as an individual. I am talking as a scientist. I believe in reason. I believe in logic. I believe in data. I don’t believe in emotions,” he added.

Pitroda went on to say in the interview that since 2014, a populist government had risen in both India and the United States. “The formula is to create fear by saying that there is an enemy at the border. In India, it is Pakistan. In the US, it is Mexican immigrants. They say everything is bad because nobody is competent,” he added.