Thousands of people gathered at New Delhi's Palam airport on Saturday evening to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his return from a week-long trip to the United States to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), among other diplomatic commitments. In a speech delivered at the airport soon after his arrival, PM Modi praised soldiers on the third anniversary of the surgical strikes conducted by the army in 2016 on terrorist camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Recalling the surgical strikes, PM Modi said, "Three years ago, it was September 28 when I didn't sleep at all at night. I stayed awake all night. Every moment, I was waiting for when the telephone will ring... Three years ago, on the night of September 28, the brave soldiers of my country enhanced India's pride by conducting the surgical strike. Remembering that night, I salute the courage of our brave soldiers." The September 2016 surgical strikes were carried out to avenge the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri, in which 19 soldiers were killed.