Forces celebrate Kargil war victory day

Forces celebrate Kargil war victory day

SaLuting the martyrs: The Indian Navy contingent pays homage to Kargil martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. ptiThe 74-day war witnessed the eviction of Pakistani troops from the Indian territory they had occupied in the cold desert region of Ladakh.

The 26th of July is celebrated as “Vijay Divas” or Victory Day by the Indian Army, as it was on this day that the last of the Pakistani intruders was pushed back across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Northern Command chief Lt Gen K T Parnaik led the officers and soldiers in paying homage at the main function at the Command headquarters at Udhampur, 66 km from here. He laid a wreath at the war memorial and was joined by officers and soldiers in doing so.

Similar tributes were paid across the state—at the headquarters of the 14 Corps in Leh, the 15 Corps at Srinagar and the 16 Corps at Nagrota, near Jammu and other Indian Army units—according to a Defence Ministry spokesperson.

Pakistani troops had entered the Indian territory during the winter of 1998-1999, breaking an unwritten agreement that the two armies would vacate their positions during winter because of the severity of the cold, with the temperature dipping to minus 40 degrees Celsius at heights ranging from 12,000 to 14,000 feet. The Indian Army detected the presence of the intruders in May 1999 and thereafter, a military operation codenamed ‘Operation Vijay’ was launched.

“It was on this day when the Indian Army with its indefatigable courage, indomitable spirit and irrepressible valour inflicted defeat on Pakistan. The nation celebrates July 26 as Kargil Vijay Divas to pay glowing tributes to its 527 martyrs and brave soldiers who made Pakistan bite dust on the battlefield.

“The memory of the war and sacrifices of the Indian soldiers, combined with daring raids on enemy positions to flush out the infiltrators from our sacred motherland is still fresh in the minds of the people and continues to inspire the coming generations,” the spokesman said.

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