PM says “Our soldiers’ sacrifices won’t go to waste” after Ladakh face-off

New Delhi, June 17:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that the sacrifice of Indian soldiers killed in a clash with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh would not go to waste. PM Modi also observed two minutes silence for the soldiers before starting a scheduled meeting with Chief Ministers on the coronavirus crisis.

“India wants peace but when instigated, India is capable of giving a befitting reply, be it any kind of situation,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister has called an all-party meeting on Friday to discuss the situation at the India-China border after the clashes in Ladakh. Presidents of various political parties will participate in the meeting at 5 pm on Friday via video, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Army sources have told NDTV that up to 45 Chinese soldiers have been killed or injured in the fight at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. There were “casualties on both sides”. After confirming the death of three soldiers, including a Colonel, on Tuesday morning, the army added that 17 more critically injured soldiers were “exposed to sub-zero temperatures” and died of their injuries.