Congress leader and Member of Parliament (MP) from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi landed in a soup on Tuesday as Pakistan's Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari quoted him in her letter to the United Nations while attacking India on Kashmir. Mazari, in her letter, said: "Acts of violence have been acknowledged by mainstream politicians, such as the leader of the Congress party, Mr. Rahul Gandhi who has noted "people dying" in Jammu and Kashmir, in light of events "going very wrong there." Pakistani media had also played up his attempt to visit Kashmir as a sign of poor law and order. Previously, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had scored a self-goal when he raised doubts over Kashmir being an internal matter of India. While Rahul Gandhi and the Congress attempt a facesaver by attacking Pakistan now, this is hardly the first time that the party has played into Pakistan's hands:
In November 2015, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was on a visit to Pakistan. During a panel discussion on a Pakistani news channel, when asked about ending the stalemate in the relations between the two countries, Aiyar replied that Modi had to be removed for talks to progress. He further asked Pakistan to help bring back Congress to power and remove the Modi government. While Congress washed its hands off the remarks by Aiyar, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) termed it as extremely serious.
Just days before Gujarat was about to go to polls in December 2017, Republic TV broke a sensational story of a secret meeting attended by Congress leaders and Pakistan officials. This included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ex-Vice President Hamid Ansari as well as Mani Shankar Aiyar meeting the Pakistan High Commissioner and an ex-foreign minister of Pakistan. PM Modi questioned the need to hold such a meeting ahead of the election. He further asked Congress to clarify on what panned out in this meeting.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu visited Pakistan for the swearing-in ceremony of his friend Imran Khan in August 2018. On this occasion, he hugged Pakistan's Army Chief Qamar Bajwa. He also repeatedly praised Pakistan in his media interactions. Through the next few months, Sidhu continued thanking Imran Khan first, for commencing the initiative of Kartarpur corridor and then, ordering the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan. While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh castigated Sidhu, the Congress top brass including Rahul Gandhi were conspicuous by their silence.
In October 2018, Congress spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that the Congress party was running a paid campaign in Pakistan. Flashing copies of a Facebook page showing an advertisement of 'Save country, Remove Modi', he observed that Pakistan was the location. These were Congress party advertisements ahead of the series of assembly elections in November-December 2018. The Congress party denied this allegation.
Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha sparked off a controversy after he claimed that Pakistan's first President Mohammad Ali Jinnah was a part of the Congress family. He lauded Jinnah, by suggesting that he had an important role to play in India's independence. He made these remarks in a rally to campaign for Nakul Nath, the son of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath in April 2019. Sinha also equated Jinnah with Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel.
Ex-Interior Minister and current Pakistan Senator Rehman Malik has repeatedly backed various leaders of the Congress party. Initially, he endorsed Rahul Gandhi as India's next PM ahead of the election. Recently, after P Chidambaram was arrested in the INX Media case, Malik cried foul claiming that the former was persecuted for raising his voice against the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir's special status. Furthermore, he also predicted that Chidambaram would be India's next PM.