The Kargil War

Kunal Biswas

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Published on Jul 9, 2017
It was 18 years ago, on 7th of July 1999, Point 4875 from the Mushkoh valley, Dras sector was captured by the 13 JAK RIF (13th Batalion of the Jammu And Kashmir Rifles). Captain Vikram Batra made the supreme sacrifice on the same day, before overcoming vital enemy sangar positions, neutralizing many enemy soldiers and saving many lives.

This video shows the immediate scanario of Point 4875. Pakistan betrayed it's own men of the forces by not accepting their casualties and their bodies, to maintain their stance of plausible deniability of the Kargil incursion which they had taken in front of the world. Secondary motive to this was to maintain the morale high in the troops which were already fighting a losing war. Indian Army, displaying the highest levels of chivalry and honour, buried fallen Pakistani soldiers with full respect.

Indian Army Moulvis performed the last rites of the Pakistani soldiers fully according to Islamic traditions, as seen in the video. The video also features then Lt. Col Yogesh Kumar Joshi, CO of 13 JAK Rifles, describing the burial.

Huge cache of war stores were also captured from the defeated Pakistani forces, mostly heavy machine guns like the DShK, large calibre mortars, and small arms and ammo along with support equipment like oxygen masks, temporary shelters, etc.

In the last part of the video, Bikram Singh (later COAS) explains various facts of the Kargil Conflict in a press conference.

This period, early days of July was the turning point of the War, when Pakistan began it's withdrawal from the occupied areas, after heavy losses as well as surmounting international pressure. We will keep posting on the further proceedings of the Kargil war in the coming days. Stay tuned.
 

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A take by Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch :- https://saluteindia.org/kargil-after-two-decades-are-we-prepared/

On 19th February 1999, India’s then Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee undertook a journey across the Attari-Wagah border. It was a historic visit to Lahore, undertaken to break the impasse in the India-Pakistan relationship and to give peace a chance.

Speaking at Lahore, Vajpayee’s words resonated across the world when he said “Hum Jung na hone denge … Teen bar lad chuke ladayi, kitna mehnga sauda… Hum jung na hone denge…” (We will not let war occur…we have fought three times…what an expensive transaction…we will not let war occur again.)



Pakistan’s Deceptive Plan: The Kargil Infiltration
In hindsight, it appears that India was once again taken in by Pakistani perfidy. The Pakistan military had already set in motion plans to capture the Kargil heights while the Indian premier was treading the path for peace. The preparations for it were on in full swing in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan Occupied J&K (POJ&K). Listening in on the speech, the then Pakistan Army Chief, General Pervez Musharraf must have been chuckling silently to himself. The proof of Pakistan’s deception was the Indian premier talking of peace in Lahore.
 

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Often times I fear the consequences of war and I still shake thinking about more. But it is true that reading acts of bravery and wits are awe-inspiring.
 

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