Today marks the 18th year since India’s victory against Pakistan in the Kargil called Vijay Diwas. To honour the kargil war heroes of LOC Kargil, Arun Jaitley, Gen Bipin Rawat pay tribute at India Gate in Delhi. Honouring the Kargil martyrs on the 18th Vijay Diwas, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India’s military prowess and the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe”.
Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds us of India’s military prowess & the great sacrifices our armed forces make while steadfastly keeping India safe.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 26, 2017
The 1999 LOC Kargil War also holds significance since it is one of the most recent high-altitude war that was fought on mountainous terrain. Here is a brief history of the LOC Kargil War that took place between India and Pakistan-backed before 17 years back between May and June in 1999.
In 1999, between May and June, an armed conflict took place between India and Pakistan in the Kargil district of Kashmir and adjoining areas along the Line of Control (LOC), which serves as the de facto border between the two countries. Because the Pakistani soldiers and terrorists had positioned themselves at higher altitudes, it gave them an advantage in combat, as they could fire down at advancing Indian troops.
Pakistan shot down two Indian fighter jets while another fighter jet crashed during the operation. Pakistan asked the US to intervene, but then President Bill Clinton declined to do so until Pakistani troops were withdrawn from the Line of Control. As Pakistani troops withdrew, the Indian armed forces attacked the rest of the outposts, managing to get back the last of them by July 26.
The war that was fought for more than 60 days, finally ended on 26 July, and resulted in heavy loss of lives from both sides, India and Pakistan.
INDIAN AIR FORCE
The Indian Air Force played a major role during the war through ‘Safed Sagar’ Operation. The IAF used its air power at the height of 32,000 feet for the first time to aide ground forces recapture the lost high-altitude posts.
During the height of the Kargil crisis in 1999, an Indian Air Force fighter pilot mistakenly put a Pakistani military base in its sights and was ready to bomb it, but was pulled back by his superiors, ex-senior officials of the Indian Air Force said today.
The June 24, 1999, incident had the potential of triggering an all-out war between the two nuclear armed neighbors. According to Pakistani media, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and then Pakistan Army Chief Pervez Musharraf were present at the base or were in the vicinity.
According to the Indian Air Force officials who were then holding senior positions in the Air Force’s Western Air Command, a flight commander was tasked to bomb Point 4388 in Kargil but he instead ended up aiming at a Pakistani military base in Gulteri through a cockpit laser designation system (CLDS).
The victory came at a high price. The official death toll on the Indian side was 527. While that on the Pakistani side was between 357 and 453.
Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on July 26 every year to commemorate India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan. And in the honour of the Kargil War’s Heroes. The Army declared the mission successful on July 26, 1999 and then after the day has been celebrated annually as Vijay Diwas.
In india pakistan war 1999, the Indian Army successfully took control of posts at a treacherous high altitude and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.