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Kargil Vijay Diwas
Operation Vijay – A legend in high altitude warfare
Kargil Committee, that was set up by the government under the chairmanship of the noted defence analyst K. Subrahmanyam, has come to the conclusion that the plan to capture a 5 to 10 km. strip across the 168 k.m. long LoC in the Kargil sector was finalized in October 1998, soon after General Parvez Musharraf became Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff. He secured approval of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was engaged in the camouflage of preparing for the Lahore summit with Prime 0Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. While the summit was on, about 2000 Pakistani soldiers along with a few Mujahideen had begun surreptitiously to sneak through the “unheld gaps” in the LoC to occupy positions to depths of 5 to 10 km. The intrusions were first noticed on 3rd May in the Batalik subsector by two shepherds. The patrols then launched by the Indian Army determined the extent of the intrusions made in the various subsectors, namely, Batalik, Dras and Manhkoh, Kaksar and Turtok that adjoins Siachin. The Indian Army’s response by way of operation Vijay was extremely rapid and strong and has become a legend in high altitude warfare. The effective use of air power and heavy artillery came as a surprise to the Pakistanis. Our troops fought with exemplary valor and were led by officers from the front. When Tooling was captured, the rout of Pakistanis was complete and the withdrawal statement by Nawaz Sharif in Washington was only a fig leaf. On the Indian side, 474 men lost their lives and 1,109 were wounded. On the Pakistani side over 700 regular soldiers and about 250 irregulars were killed.