Had warned Pak of consequences if pilot not returned: PM Modi in Gujarat’s Patan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he had warned Pakistan of consequences if Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was not returned to India safe and sound.

Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Patan, he said, “When Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan, it was told that if anything happens to our pilot then we will not leave you.”

PM Modi also hit out at Congress for questioning the government over the casualty figure in the February 26 air strikes at a terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.

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“Congress repeatedly asked for proof about the air strikes in Balakot. It seems that they do not trust our security forces,” Modi said.

Asserting that his government is continuously working in the direction of combating terrorism in the country, he said, “After the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack, then UPA government paid homage to those killed but after becoming the Prime Minister I decided at that very moment that either my chair will remain or terrorists will remain alive.”

Modi urged people in his home state to cast their ballot in favour of BJP and return it power at the Centre.

Polling for all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat along with by-elections to four Assembly seats will be held on April 23. Results for all the 543 Lok Sabha seats will be announced on May 23.

(With ANi inputs)

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