In a shocking series of remarks, senior Congress loyalist and the party's overseas wing chief Sam Pitroda has initiated an astonishing questioning of the security forces over the IAF's strike on Pakistan's terror bases following the Pulwama terror attack.
Pitroda's argument, representing the most brazen defence of Pakistan by arguably any Indian political leader over the last few months, began by citing the dastardly 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
Claiming that attacks happen all the time, Sam Pitroda claimed that the then UPA government could have also sent its planes in to counter-attack Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack on Mumbai but "it's not the right approach."
"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 the world", he said.
Elaborating, he went on to exonerate Pakistan:
"Eight people (referring to the 26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation (Pakistan). It's 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."
He then joined in with his fellow party leaders, echoing the remarks of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Divgijaya Singh who have either questioned the efficacy of India's strike on terror at Pakistan's Balakot base or demanded proof, and also specifically Kapil Sibal, who has cited foreign media reports to raise similar questions:
"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?"
His final line of thought was that all this was making him look bad as an Indian citizen:
"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."