“We really killed 300 people?”—Congress leader questions Modi for facts on Balakot strikes
New Delhi – Congress leader Sam Pitroda created controversy on Friday by questioning Prime Minister Modi to provide more facts and proofs about the Balakot strike.
Pitroda said, “If they (IAF) killed 300, it’s ok. All I am saying is — can you give me more facts and prove it?” he raised questions while addressing an interview to ANI.
“I would like to know a little more because I read reports in the New York Times and other newspapers. Did we really attack? We really killed 300 people? I don’t know that. As a citizen, I am entitled to know and if I ask it is my duty to ask, that doesn’t mean I’m not a nationalist, That doesn’t mean I am on this side or that side. We need to know the facts. If you say 300 people were killed, I need to know that. We all need to know that, people of India need to know that and then comes global media which says nobody was killed. I look bad as an Indian citizen,” Pitroda questioned.
India carried out air strikes against Pakistan’s Balakot on 26 February in response to Jaish’s attacks in Pulwama, and claimed that India killed 300 terrorists.
Pitroda was asked if he is questioning the integrity of the Indian Air Force, he responded, “We cannot be emotional. Data has to be neutral. So you come in today and say ‘I killed 300 people’ and I say wait a minute, the world is saying we didn’t kill anybody or kill less or kill more.. I don’t know.”
However, after the attack, both India and Pakistan gave extremely contrasting reports. Indian PM has not released any official figure yet and has not addressed the nation on the issue.