New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Saturday issued a statement about the all-party meet called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 19 to discuss the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and said that "attempts are being made to give a mischievous interpretation" to comments made by him.

In another statement, the Prime Minister's Office said that PM Modi was clear that India would respond firmly to any attempts to transgress the LAC, adding that the government will not allow any unilateral change of LAC.

"It is unfortunate that unnecessary controversy over PM's remarks being created at a time when brave soldiers are defending our borders," the PMO said.

The Prime Minister's Office further said that the focus of of PM Modi's remarks at all-party meeting was events of June 15 at Galwan that led to loss of lives of 20 soldiers.

"Prime Minister paid glowing tributes to the valour and patriotism of our armed forces who repulsed the designs of the Chinese. The Prime Minister's observations that there was no Chinese presence on our side of the LAC pertained to the situation as a consequence of the bravery of our armed forces. The sacrifices of the soldiers of the 16 Bihar Regiment foiled the attempt of the Chinese side to erect structures and also cleared the attempted transgression at this point of the LAC on that day," the PMO said.

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PM Modi's words that "those who tried to transgress were taught befitting lesson by India's brave sons succinctly summed up ethos of armed forces", succinctly summed up the ethos and the values of the Indian Armed Forces, the PMO said.

"What is Indian territory is clear from the map of India. This Government is strongly and resolutely committed to that. Insofar as there is some illegal occupation, the all party meeting was briefed in great detail how over the last 60 years, more than 43,000 has been yielded under circumstances with which this country is well aware. It was also made clear that this Government will not allow any unilateral change of the LAC," the PMO noted.

"At a time when our brave soldiers are defending our borders, it is unfortunate that an unnecessary controversy is being created to lower their morale. However, the predominant sentiment at the All Party Meeting was of unequivocal support to the Government and the armed forces at a time of national crisis. We are confident that the unity of the Indian people will not be undermined by motivated propaganda," it added.

PM Modi on Friday held an all-party over the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh and said that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) "did not intruded into India's border and nor has any post been taken over by them".

PM Modi had also noted that India's patrolling capacity has increased due to newly built infrastructure, especially along Line of Actual Control (LAC), adding that the Indian Armed Forces are doing "what they have to do to protect country, whether it is deployment, action or counter-action".

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma