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PM Modi Slams Sam Pitroda For Insulting Armed Forces Says, ‘He Has Started Pakistan National Day Celebrations’

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| March 22 , 2019 , 14:24 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed out at Congress leader Sam Pitroda for raising doubts over the Indian air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot, targeting the biggest terror camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “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.”

The next tweet said, “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew- Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India- we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest!”

Labelling the Opposition as terror apologists, the PM said some of the leaders have been humiliating families of the martyrs.

“Opposition is the natural habitat of terror apologists and questioners of our armed forces. This reprehensible statement by a senior leader like Ram Gopal Ji insults all those who have given their lives in protecting Kashmir. It humiliates the families of our martyrs.”

"Opposition insults our forces time and again. I appeal to my fellow Indians- question Opposition leaders on their statements. Tell them- 130 crore Indians will not forgive or forget the Opposition for their antics. India stands firmly with our forces.", he added.

PM Modi’s reaction came after Pitroda, the Indian Overseas Congress chief, said he didn’t know much about the Pulwama terror attack.

“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 made the comments in a detailed interview to news agency ANI, with a disclaimer that the views were not the party's but his own, as a citizen.

He further questioned the success of the Indian Air Force strikes in Balakot in view of the Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.

“I would like to know more as I have read in New York Times &other newspapers, what did we really attack, we really killed 300 people? If you say 300 people were killed, we all need to know that, all Indians need to know that. Then comes the global media which says nobody was killed, I look bad as an Indian citizen,” he stated.

Meanwhile, commenting on Pitroda's remarks, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said, "He believes what we did was wrong. No country in the world said this, not even the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) said this, only Pakistan was of this view. It's unfortunate that such people are ideologues of a political party.

"Agar guru aisa ho to shishya kitna nikamma niklega, ye desh ko aaj bhugatna pad raha hai," he added.