Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave an unsparing message to Pakistan over terrorism perpetrated from its soil on India when asked about the Surgical strikes, at the massive Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath event in London on Wednesday.
Answering a question at the event, PM Modi went into great detail about how in all of history, India never sought to annex another country's territory. India's character was to not lose, to win, but not to take something from someone else illegitimately, PM Modi said.
However, when someone is setting up a terror operation and despite not having the strength to fight a war and is backstabbing and attacking citizens, Modi knows how to reply in the same language, he said.
The Prime Minister added that he was proud of the Army and narrated how Pakistan was informed about the surgical strikes before the citizens of India.
"India has a history of thousands of years. In no era did India try to annex someone else's land. In WW1 and WW2, we didn't want a single inch of land from anyone, but 1.5 lakh Indian soldiers were martyred... a huge sacrifice."
"UN peacekeeping force today has the biggest participation from a proud India. Our character has been to win, to not lose, but not to take something from someone to whom it rightfully belongs. We saw this when Lord Ram and Lakshman left Lanka."
"But when someone is sitting and running a terrorism industry and sits ready to attack India's innocent citizens... Doesn't have the strength to fight a war but knows how to attack when our back is turned... This is Modi. He knows how to answer them in their own language." ("Yeh Modi hai, usi bhasha mein jawab dena janta hai")
*Bharat mata ki kai chants break out*
"Our jawaans were attacked as they slept in their tents. Will anyone want that I stay quiet? Should bricks not be replied with stones? That's why we did Surgical Strikes. I am proud of my Army and my Jawans."
"The plan that was formed, it was carried out 100% without a single mistake, and they returned before sunrise."
"And look at our largeheartedness. I said before India finds out, before media reaches, phone Pakistan's Army and tell them that we have done this, these bodies can be found there, if you have time go and retrieve them."
"From 11 am we were trying to call them, they were scared of coming to the phone. I'd called media, our Army officers were there, there was confusion. But I said journalists should wait."
"At noon, they came on the phone. We spoke to them. Told them this has happened. And after that we told the people of India that it was the Indian Army's right to claim justice, and we did so."
"Terrorism exporters should know that India has changed"
The Surgical Strikes had been carried out by Indian forces on September 29, 2016, eleven days after the terrorist attack at Uri where 19 Jawans had been martyred by Pakistani terrorists. Pakistan's terror launchpads were decimated in the Surgical Strikes and significant casualties were inflicted. Pakistan, however, rejected the notion that there had been any attack or any casualties.
Earlier on Wednesday, India and the UK had named and shamed Pak-based terrorist organisations in the joint statement issued after PM Modi's meeting with his counterpart Theresa May.