Jammu and Kashmir: It is the 14th anniversary of the Kargil war victory. Its pride and pain for the soldiers as the nation celebrates the anniversary of the war victory against Pakistan.
Kashmir has always been a disputed region. There have been tensions between Pakistan and India over the region. The war was fought due to the infiltration of Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants into positions on the Indian side of the LoC which serves as the de facto border between the two countries.
How did Kargil War begin:
The Kargil War began between India and Pakistan on May 8, 1999 when Pakistani army had illegally intruded on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) dividing the Indian territory of Ladakh from the northern areas of the state. It is believed that Paskistan had been planning the operation since 1998. The war ended on July 14, 1999 when both the countries withdrew troops from the border.
At the time of the intrusions, the LoC between Zoji La and Khardung La was thinly monitored by one Indian brigade (about 3000 troops), which was a totally inadequate force to monitor such an extensive terrain. Some local shepherds grazing their sheep in the higher reaches near Kargil first reported the intrusions. However, the intrusions were not taken very seriously.
On May 5, Indian army patrol was sent up after which five Indian soldiers were captured and tortured to death. Heavy shelling by Pakistani army destroyed the ammunition dump in Kargil. As the infiltration was being noticed in Dras, Kaksar and Mushkoh sectors, Indian Army moved in more troops from Kashmir valley to Kargil sector.
India continuously stepped up attack against Pakistan and ended up recapturing two key positions in Batalic sector. It was on June 15 that the then US President Bill Clinton asked the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pull out from Kargil.
Till the end of June, India had captured two vital posts near Tiger Hill – Point 5060 and Point 5100. On July 4, India recaptured Tiger Hill after an 11-hour long battle. After Indian Army took control of Dras on July 5, Sharif ordered withdrawal of Pakistani Army from Kargil. The then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay (Kargil War) a success and by July 26, Kargil War officially came to an end as Indian Army announced complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.
Mangalore Celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas
Mangalore: Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed in Mangalore on July 26, Friday to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Indias historic win in the Kargil war.
Tributes were paid to the great soldiers who laid down their lives for the cause of the nation during the war, at a function held at Lions Seva Mandir under the aegis of the DK District Ex-Servicemens Association and Lions Club.
Inaugurating the programme, Disha Amrith, an engineering student from Bangalore, said she derived great inspiration from the sacrifices made by the valiant soldiers. She said each and every individual should remember the great men who toiled for the cause of the nation.
The function was presided over by KC Prabhu, Lions District Governor. On this occasion, ex-servicemen Noel Lobo, Cyril D'Souza, Purushottam Acharya and Alexander D'Silva were honoured in recognition of their distinguished services.
Organisers of the programme Rajesh Kamath, Bhasker Pai and S Nandagopal were present on the occasion.
Kargil Vijay Diwas was observed by the District unit of ABVP also at the War Memorial at Kadri. ABVP Secretary B Ramesh and others spoke on the occasion and paid tributes to the martyrs.
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