Key advisor of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, on Friday advocated dialogue with Pakistan and said that it is wrong to blame every Pakistani citizen for terror attacks.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s close aide and chief of the party’s overseas wing, Sam Pitroda, has questioned the Centre’s claim of the death toll in the Balakot operation carried out by Indian Air Force in response to the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF soldiers dead. Speaking to news agency ANI, Pitroda batted for dialogue with Pakistan and said that it is wrong to blame every Pakistani citizen for the attack which was carried out just by a few of its people.
“I don’t know much about attacks. It happens all the time. The 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 the world,” Sam Pitroda told ANI.
Entrepreneur-turned politician Sam Pitroda was a close associate of Rahul Gandhi’s father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi. He is credited for advancements in information technology under the Congress government in 1980s.
Demanding proof from the government about IAF’s operation, Pitroda said, “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.”
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“I would like to know more as I have read in the New York Times and other newspapers, what did we really attack, we really killed 300 people?” he questioned further.
Defending Pakistan, he said that it was wrong to blame every citizen in the neighbouring country for the terror attacks including the Mumbai attacks in 2008.
“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,” the Congress leader said.
While admitting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a strong leader, Pitroda then sought to draw a parallel between his way of functioning and that of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and the Chinese government.
“India will have to decide, strong is not necessarily a good thing for democracy. Hitler was also very strong, all dictators are strong, Chinese leader is very strong, is that what India wants?” he said.
This was not the first time when a senior Congress leader has sought evidence from the government on the IAF’s operation in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack. Earlier, Digvijaya Singh and others had sought proof from the government about claims of destroying JeM’s largest terror training camp in Balakot of Pakistan.