“I was more concerned about safety of soldiers”: PM Modi on surgical strike

New Delhi:

In an interview to news agency ANI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his message to commandos who went across LoC to carry out Surgical Strike on 28 September 2016 was to “Come back before sunrise, irrespective of the success or failure of the mission.”

The surgical strike was planned days after 20 soldiers were killed by terrorists in an Army camp in Uri.

“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 the lure and prolong it (the operation),” Prime Minister Modi said in the interview to ANI.

Prime Minister Modi said that he was monitoring the situation all night and got bit anxious when soldiers did not return even after sunrise.

“In the morning, information flow stopped, for an hour. My anxiety increased. Even one hour after sunrise. That time was extremely difficult for me… Then came the information that they have not reached back yet but two-three units have reached the safe zone, so don’t worry. But I said I won’t be fine till the last man returns,” PM Modi told ANI.

Prime Minister Modi said in the interview that the commandos for the operation were chosen carefully and special training was provided to them. Whatever equipment was required, it was arranged for them PM Modi added.

Prime Minister Modi said that it was unfortunate that some political parties in the country were using the same language as Pakistan for Surgical Strike.

“An Army officer apprised the nation (India) of the operation. That information was given to Pakistan as well… But it is unfortunate for the country that the same day (of the surgical strike), leaders of some parties raised doubts over the surgical strikes,” PM Modi said in the interview to ANI.

“It was necessary for Pakistan to speak like this (to deny), to keep their morale intact. But what Pakistan was saying, was being said here too. To lend weight to their views, they were citing Pakistani version. Politicisation started from that point,” he added.


The Prime Minister was asked by ANI whether the objectives of the surgical strikes were met, considering that cross-LoC attacks still continue in Kashmir.

PM Modi said, “Ek ladai se Pakistan sudhar jayega, yeh sochne mein bahut badi galti hogi. Pakistan ko sudarne mein abhi aur samay lagega (It will be a big mistake to think that Pakistan will start behaving after one fight. It will take a long time for Pakistan to start behaving).”


Indian commandos killed over 50 terrorists/soldiers across LoC in the Surgical Strike.

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