Row over Congress’ Sam Pitroda statement on Balakot airstrikes

Row over Congress’ Sam Pitroda statement on Balakot airstrikes


Congress leader and Rahul –aide Sam Pitroda’s statement which questions the death count in Balakot airstrikes has kicked up a row on Friday.

Sam Pitroda, the Indian Overseas Congress chief, Friday questioned the Balakot airstrikes which were carried out after the Pulwama terror attack, and asked the government if they really targeted 300 terrorists. “I would like to know more as I have read in New York Times and other newspapers, what did we really attack, we really killed 300 people?” Pitroda said in an interview to ANI.

Pitroda alleged that the global media reported that no one was killed while a section of the Indian media’s reporting said 300 terrorists were neutralised. “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,” Pitroda said.

Soon after, PM Modi took to Twitter and slammed the Opposition for what he said amounted to insulting the military forces and doubting their capability.

“Opposition insults our forces time and again. I appeal to my fellow Indians- question Opposition leaders on their statements,” tweeted PM Modi. Hours after this, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also slammed Sam Pitroda for his irresponsible comment on Balakot airstrike.