Kargil Vijay Diwas or Kargil Victory Day is observed on 26 July every year remembering India’s historic win against Pakistan on July 26. 1999.
This day, we celebrate the victory and honour the sacrifices made by our soldiers in the Kargil War. Kargil war speaks for high altitude warfare in hilly terrain and constitutes significant logistical problems for the counter sides.
Despite high altitude the Indian Army successfully kicked out Pakistani forces who had illegally settled a hilltop at the Indian Side of the Line Of Control (LoC) at Kargil, Ladakh.
In the war, ‘Operation Vijay’ was launched by the Indian Army to recapture the Indian territories from Pakistani interlopers in the Kargil-Drass sector in 1999.
‘Operation Vijay’ an Indian Army mission achieved ultimate success for India and the Air Force called the mission ‘Operation Safed Sagar”
The 11 facts About Kargil Vijay Diwas and the Kargil War That Every Indian Must Know
- Pakistani intrusion in the Kargil district is reported by local shepherds. It is learnt that Pakistan clandestinely deployed its forces and paramilitary troops to the Indian side of the LoC under ‘Operation Badr.’ They illegally took Kabza of an area between 130 to 200 sqkms in Kargil in the year 1999.
- It is believed that Pakistan was planning for the operation as early as the autumn of 1998. Its ill plan was to cut off Ladakh from Kashmir and starve the people of Siachen valley to blackmail India to accept Pakistan’s terms in the then-ongoing Kashmir issue. Multiple infiltrations across the LoC are confirmed in Dras, Kaksar, and Mushkoh sectors.
- As per the recorded data, about 30,000 Indian troops were injected into the Kargil-Dras area along with special forces to recapture Kargil. 527 such great soldiers sacrificed their precious lives.
- India releases documents recovered from three Pakistani soldiers that officially indicate Pakistan’s involvement in the conflict. Indian Air Force propitiously bombed out Pakistan’s illegally caputred posts.
- Retired Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Commodore Kaiser Tufail disclosed Pakistan’s plans against India after the War to Vayu AeroSpace And Defence Review – An Indian Aviation And Defence Magazine.
- The notorious Plan was allegedly masterminded by the Pakistan’s then Army General Pervez Musharraf along with Pakistan X Corps Commander Lieutenant General Mahmud Ahmad and Major General Javed Hasan and Major General Ashraf Rashid of the Pakistan Army.
- Pakistani soldiers were forced to disengage from the Indian territory region on July 26, 1999, which led the war to end in India’s favour.
- Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif officially announced the Pakistan Army’s withdrawal from Kargil following a meeting with POTUS Bill Clinton. Indian forces subsequently took control of Dras.
- Every year, on July 26, the Prime Minister pays his respects to the Army Jawans who were martyred in the war.
- Soldiers such as Captain Manoj Kumar Pandey, Captain Vikram Batra, and Captain Keishing Clifford Nongrum, who sacrificed their lives to secure Kargil hill, were posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra and Mahavir Chakra.
- The then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay a success. The Indian government sets conditions for talks with Pakistan.
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