Mohammad Kaif has come forward to pay tribute to India's heroes and martyrs who had fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for the nation in the 1999 Kargil war. On the occasion of 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the former Indian cricketer took to Twitter to pay homage and express gratitude to the bravehearts. Kaif also wrote that the nation will always be grateful to their sacrifice, valour and courage. At the same time, he also posted an image of the victorious troops.
Read Kaif's tweet here:
India is celebrating the 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas on Friday, remembering the sacrifices made by the Indian Army during the 1999 Kargil War to push away Pakistan's infiltration from Indian territory. In the lead up to the victory tribute on July 26 themed 'Remember, Rejoice and Renew', there are various tributes dedicated to the martyrs by the Indian Army.
The Victory Flame, commemorating 20 years of successful termination of Operation Vijay, was ignited by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh from the eternal flame at National War Memorial, New Delhi. The flame has been carried by a team of motorcyclists over 11 towns and cities and will finally merge with the flame at Kargil War Memorial, Dras on Friday.
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 without awareness of the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Musharraf would later stage a coup and take over the Pakistan government.
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.