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Mani Shankar Aiyar

In the video, Aiyar is saying that India should give respect to Pakistan as it possesses an atom bomb. He said that if we don’t give them respect, they’ll think of using an atom bomb against India.

Mani Shankar Aiyar NEW DELHI: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday said a video of his comments on Pakistan being circulated is old and being dredged up because the BJP’s Lok Sabha campaign is faltering.

“It is obvious from the sweater I am wearing that my comments to Chill Pill were made in the winter several months ago. They have been dredged up now as the BJP’s election campaign falters. I refuse to play their game,” the Congress leader said in a statement.

“Interested persons may please read the relevant passages in my two books released by Juggernaut last year, Memoirs of a Maverick and The Rajiv I Knew,” he said.

In the video, Aiyar is saying that India should give respect to Pakistan as it possesses an atom bomb.

“If we don’t give them respect, they’ll think of using atom bomb against India,” he said in the video.

Asked about use of India’s muscular policy, he said, “We should not forget that Pakistan also has muscle at Kahuta (Rawalpindi),” a reference to the atomic bomb.

The Congress on Friday dissociated itself from party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remarks on Pakistan, saying they have been revived by the BJP in its attempt to deflect attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s daily “goof ups”.

Aiyar does not speak for the party in any capacity whatsoever, Congress media department chairperson Pawan Khera said on X.

Disagreeing totally with the remarks made by Aiyar some months ago, Khera said it is an old video.

In the video, Aiyar is heard saying that India should give respect to Pakistan as it is a sovereign nation and engage with it as it also possesses an atom bomb.

He indicated in the video that if a “mad person” comes to power there and uses the atom bomb, it will not be good and will have its effect here too.

Uploading a video of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Khera said, “If old videos are to be used, here is a not so old video where the External Affairs Minister is publicly advising India to be afraid of China.”

Khera said the Congress and the entire nation recalls with pride that in December 1971 Pakistan was broken and an independent Bangladesh emerged thanks to Indira Gandhi’s decisive and determined leadership and the valour of our armed forces.

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