On July 26, the 16th anniversary of the Kargil war is celebrated. The war was fought for over 60 days and more than 500 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces sacrificed their lives while fighting valiantly to protect the motherland. Below are a few facts we all must know about the historic day.
- The war commenced in May 1999 after the infiltration of Pak troops and Kashmir militants into Kargil district of J&K along the LoC. The intrusion was completely unannounced and unexpected and Indian Army immediately launched the Operation Vijay to flush the enemies from Kargil sector.
- Pervez Musharraf is said to be the mastermind behind this unexpected 60 day war. The intrusion plan was charted out carefully, even without any specifics from the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Along with the support and assistance of Leiutenant General Mohammed Aziz Musharraf executed the plan amid the Lahore declaration.
- The battle was fought at an altitude of nearly 18000 feet high in the rocky terrains of Kargil under extremely low temperatures. Both the sides possessed nuclear weapons but the battle was fought in a conventional manner. Five infantry divisions, five independent brigades and 44 battalions of paramilitary troops were positioned and 60 frontline aircrafts were deployed.
- Since IAF was not to cross the LOC at any cost, they launched bomb attacks on the enemy within its boundary. The focal point of the war was Tiger Hill, one of the highest peaks in the Drass-Kargil area of the state and after a fierce war for 60 days, Tiger Hill was recaptured by India and Pak forces were pushed back into its territory.
- The war resulted in loss of lives on both sides and thousands were left injured after in the fierce battle. Pak is said to have lost nearly 500 soldiers and India lost 527 and more than a thousand were injured.