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PM Modi laments ‘politics’ over Pulwama attack, assures to protect borders

Barely a few days after Pakistan’s Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhary claimed in the National Assembly that his country was responsible for the 2019 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the truth had came out in the neighbouring country’s parliament.

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Mr Modi also said some forces had indulged in “dirty politics” for political gains, adding that all should refrain from politics which can affect the morale of the armed forces.

“The real face of such people has been exposed after the truth was accepted in the parliament of our neighbouring country,” PM said, addressing Ekta Parade at the Statue of Unity in Kevadiaya on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.

“Today when I was watching the parade of officers here, an image came up in my mind... this image was of Pulwama attack. The country can never forget that when India was mourning the death of its sons... there were some people who were not a part of that grief. They were looking for selfish gain in the Pulwama attack,” Mr Modi said referring to those who questioned the government over “lapses” that led to attack on the CRPF convoy just weeks before the parliamentary polls.

Concern over terrorism

“The country can never forget that some people were not saddened at the sacrifice of the security personnel during the Pulwama attack. At that time, these people were only doing politics... I request them not to do such politics in the interest of the nation,”Mr Modi said, stressing that terrorism remains a global challenge for peace and demanded that all forces and countries must unite against terrorism.

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“The way some forces have openly come in support of terrorism is a global concern for world peace and humanity. It is more imperative now than ever that all nations, governments and sects must unite to defeat all forces that aid and abet terrorism,” he added.

The Prime Minister also sought to assure the country that Indian soldiers have the power to give a fitting reply to those eyeing the land of the country and protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“India’s posture and approach at its borders have changed. Our brave soldiers are fully equipped and prepared to give a befitting reply to those who put their evil eyes on us. Security apparatus and infrastructure along our borders are stronger than ever!”

However, Mr. Modi did not refer to Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh, while talking about borders, stating that infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and tunnels along the border regions were being developed.

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