Musharraf adds friction to Indo-Pak relations

Karachi: After more than one-and-half decade of Kargil war, the master mind of the act, former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf, initiated to add bitterness between the two nations with his harsh comments on the infamous Kargil war which was fought in 1999.

Addressing his party, All Pakistan Muslim League, in Karachi on Sunday, Gen. Musharraf provocatively raked up the Kargil war again, saying “India would never be able to forget the three-month-long battle when our gallant armed forces caught the enemy by the throat”. He said the Kargil operation was Pakistan’s greatest military victory against India, an opportunity which “regrettably Pakistani politicians wasted”.

In May 1999, India and Pakistan, in their most serious military engagement since 1971, clashed in Kargil area of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir after terrorists backed by Pakistani troops occupied the mountain peaks of Kargil. The war lasted till mid-July 1999 when then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay a success. 

After the war, Prime Minister during the Kargil conflict of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, claimed that he was unaware of the plans, and that he first learned about the situation when he received an urgent phone call from his counterpart in India. Musharraf, however, asserted that Sharif had been briefed on the Kargil operation 15 days ahead of Vajpayee’s journey to Lahore on February 20 the same year.

Since then bitterness for India started to emerge within Musharraf and he tried every possible way to keep two countries apart and maintain friction in the relations.

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