Indian Lieutenant General (retd) Mohinder Puri on Sunday (Jan 13) while talking to a newspaper in Bhopal, India described the reason of 1999 Kargil War and said that Kargil intrusion was the fallout of the failure of the military intelligence as well as other intelligence agencies.
“The Kargil War happened due to the failure of intelligence agencies, including military intelligence,” the decorated officer said during an interaction on the second day of the Bhopal literature and art festival at Bharat Bhavan here. The 8 Mountain Battalion headed by him was tasked to evict the enemy from the Drass-Mushkoh Sector during “Operation Vijay”. “It was in the first week of May (1999) when 3 Infantry Division received information of an intrusion in the Batalik sector. Later on, it was detected that the intrusion had taken place over a very wide front,” the Lt. General said.
While describing the role of Pakistan in war he said “Pakistan also wanted to interdict a road from Srinagar to Leh thus isolating Siachen. It also wanted to launch a fresh launch pad for militants from the captured area to intrude into Himachal Pradesh,” the Lt. General said. “Being in uniform for 40 years, I must say that one should not tinker with the structure of regimentation. It is tried and tested structure for years,” he said.
The Kargil War, also known as the Kargil conflict, was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC).
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22 August, 2019