Update: Owing to poor weather conditions, President Ram Nath Kovind to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of Kargil war at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind saluted the heroes and martyrs of the Kargil War in 1999 on the eve of Kargil Vijay Diwas. President Kovind took to Twitter to acknowledge the gallantry of the Armed Forces at the heights of Kargil. He saluted the grit and valour of those who protected the country and said that the country was indebted to the heroes who were martyred in the war.
Read President Kovind's tweet below:
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu paid his respects to the brave soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who were martyred in the fight to protect the nation. He saluted all the heroes and martyrs of the Kargil War and Operation Vijay on 26 July 1999.
Read the tweet here:
THE 1999 KARGIL WAR
It was on July 26, 1999, when the Indian Army recaptured all the Indian posts in Kargil which had been occupied by the Pakistani Army. The war that took place between May and July of 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil district, was orchestrated by the then Pakistan army chief General Pervez Musharraf.
The Pakistan Army infiltrated into Indian territory in remote locations using subterfuge and captured several mountain tops overlooking the strategic Srinagar-Leh highway, after which the Indian Army launched "Operation Vijay", based on the information from local shepherds about they alleged positions. Even as the Pakistani Army had positioned itself at higher altitudes due to its first-move infiltration, the Indian Army was quick to respond. Amid the war, Pakistan had asked the US to intervene, however, the then US President Bill Clinton refused to help until Pakistani forces withdrew from the Line of Control. The Indian Army attacked and defeated Pakistan, recapturing all positions by July 26, 1999.
Since then, July 26 has been annually observed to commemorate the sacrifices of the soldiers in the Kargil War - the Kargil Vijay Diwas.