PM Modi recounts sequence of events during surgical strike - (P1)

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New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): In an exclusive interview with ANI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recounted sequence of events during surgical strike. Giving firsthand account of the strike for the first time, PM Modi revealed that the Uri incident evoked anger in him. “When Uri happened, when our jawans were killed and burnt, that incident made me restless and there was rage within me. But I am part of a democratic system and my personal rage, personal anger and personal restlessness should never be imposed on the system. I kept talking to the Army why it happened. I realised that the anger in the Army was much more than mine. For the morale of the forces, they somehow wanted justice to be done with those who had been martyred. I gave them the free hand to draw up a plan and they did.” For the first time, PM Modi revealed that the dates of strike were changed twice. “Twice the date had to be changed because I wanted full security for the operation. Finally, the operation was decided. I knew it was big risk. I never care about any political risk. The biggest consideration for me was the safety of our soldiers. No harm must come to them. They were willing to sacrifice their lives on our word. For that whatever was required was arranged for them,” PM Modi said. Prime Minister Modi further informed that special training was imparted in soldiers and secrecy was maintained. “The topography and obstacles were kept in consideration, worst case scenarios were considered... It was a learning experience for me as well...Then we decided the date. And who will be where, of the main team.” PM Modi further told that clear orders were given to soldiers to be back before sunrise. “It was decided that before dawn, our men must be back. I gave clear orders that whether you get success or failure, don’t think about that but come back before sunrise. Don’t fall for that lure and prolong it. Even if you fail, come back. I won’t let my soldiers to die” The PM got emotional while recounting how he got anxious when information flow stopped for an hour. “I was in live contact throughout, however, in the morning, information flow stopped, for an hour, I got anxious. Even one hour after sunrise. That time was extremely difficult for me. I couldn’t send a communication to them either…the period one hour after sunrise was an extremely difficult time for me. My first priority was that my soldiers were alive.” “Then came the information that they have not reached back to our side of the border yet but two-three units have reached in safe zone. But I said I won’t be fine till the last man returns. This process took 2 hours after dawn. Then CCS meeting took place. Before that Pakistan was to be informed. The Pakistanis didn’t take our call at first. Indian press was told by 12PM. The way the operation was conducted, such precision, I got to know a new dimension of our forces. I salute them.” Indian Army's Para military commandos conducted a surgical strike on terrorist launch pads across Line of Control (LoC) on September 29, 2016 and killed 38 terrorists and two rangers of Pakistan.

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