Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has advised PM Narendra Modi to be “mindful of the implications of his words” over the Ladakh face-off with China. The veteran Congress leader launched an attack on the PM following his “no-intrusion” remark on the Indian territory of Ladakh’s Galwan Valley.

“China is brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of Indian territory such as the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Tso lake by committing multiple incursions since April 2020 till date. We cannot and will not be cowed down by threats and intimidation nor permit a compromise with our territorial integrity,” Singh said in a statement.

“The PM cannot allow them to use his words as a vindication of their position and must ensure that all organs of the government work together to tackle this crisis and prevent it from escalating further,” he added.

On June 15, troops from India and China engaged in clashes in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley. The clashes without weapons claimed the lives of at least 20 Indian soldiers in the worst violence on the Indo-China border since 1975.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister Office issued a statement saying: “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.”