"No one has entered Indian territory or captured any military post ", PM Modi had said on Friday
“Those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of soil”, succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of our armed forces clarified PMO
New Delhi: Finally the Prime Minister's Office has issued official clarification over PM Modi's comment on Chinese transgression. After all-party meeting Prime Minister Modi had said that "no one has entered Indian territory or captured any military post " which drew flak from the opposition as well as a section of media. Clarifying the comment PMO said that the Indian soldiers foiled the transgression attempts of the Chinese side and to erect structures in Ladakh in the night of June 15/16. "Attempts are being made in some quarters to give a mischievous interpretation to remarks by the Prime Minister at the All-Party Meeting (APM) yesterday. Prime Minister Modi was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In fact, he specifically emphasized that in contrast to the past neglect of such challenges, Indian forces now decisively counter any violations of LAC (“unhe rokte hain, unhe tokte hain”)" mentioned a press release issued by the office of the Prime Minister.
"The focus of the PM’s remarks in the APM discussions were the events of 15 June at the Galwan that led to the loss of lives of 20 Indian military personnel," PMO said. "The sacrifices of the soldiers of the 16 Bihar Regiment foiled the attempt of the Chinese side to erect structures and also cleared the attempted transgression at this point of the LAC on that day". The words of Prime Minister “Those who tried to transgress our land were taught a befitting lesson by our brave sons of the soil”, succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of our armed forces. The Prime Minister further emphasised, “I want to assure you, that our armed forces will leave no stone unturned to protect our borders”, the PMO press note clarified.
"What is Indian territory is clear from the map of India. This Government is strongly and resolutely committed to that. Insofar as there is some illegal occupation, the APM was briefed in great detail how over the last 60 years, more than 43,000 sq.km has been yielded under circumstances with which this country is well aware. It was also made clear that this Government will not allow any unilateral change of the LAC" the PMO said.
"At a time when our brave soldiers are defending our borders, it is unfortunate that an unnecessary controversy is being created to lower their morale. However, the predominant sentiment at the All Party Meeting was of unequivocal support to the Government and the armed forces at a time of national crisis. We are confident that the unity of the Indian people will not be undermined by motivated propaganda" the statement concluded.
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