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IANS, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that India has never coveted any territory or
attacked a country though it made sacrifices for the freedom of others.
“…thousands of Indians gave their lives in the World War I,” Modi said after inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, a state-of-the-art complex dedicated to Indians abroad.“In the last two years, you have seen how the government rescued people from conflict situations, not just Indians but foreigners too,” Modi said, apparently referring to his government’s rescue missions in trouble-torn West Asia.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came amid deteriorating India-Pakistan ties and an escalating border tension in the wake of the September 18 attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in northern Kashmir’s Uri.
Days after the attack, the army said it carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control, India’s de-facto border with Pakistan, and targeted seven terrorist bases in an operation that inflicted “significant casualties”.