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India Has Never Been Greedy for Land, Never Attacked Any Country: PM

India has never attacked any country or tried to usurp others’ territory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, his first comments since India carried out surgical strikes to dismantle the terror infrastructure across the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.

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Updated:October 2, 2016, 4:12 PM IST
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New Delhi: India has never attacked any country or tried to usurp others’ territory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, his first comments since India carried out surgical strikes to dismantle terror infrastructure across the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.

"India has never coveted any territory, never attacked another country. Yet thousands of Indians gave their lives in World War I," Modi said in a veiled reference to Pakistan, which continues to raise the Kashmir issue at international fora.

"In the last two years, you have seen how the government rescued people from conflict situations, not just Indians but foreigners too."

The Prime Minister made the statement after inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a state-of-the-art complex dedicated to overseas Indians.

India is locked in tense stand-off with Pakistan since the September 18 attack on an army base in Uri town of Kashmir which killed 19 soldiers. New Delhi said the attack was carried out by militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group, which is based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir — a claim Islamabad denies.

On September 29, a fortnight after Modi said the Uri attack would not go unpunished, Indian forces raided at least five terror launch pads in Pakistan-held territory and inflicted “significant casualties” at the terror camps.

Pakistan, which has faced unprecedented diplomatic isolation since the Uri attack, has accused India of trying to disguise ceasefire violations as surgical strikes. It said two of its soldiers had been killed in the “Indian aggression”.

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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