Some events of the nation make us feel proud for forever. We think we feel that how was that time means for us, for our future, for our lives. Today we are celebrating the proud moment, the victory of Indo- Pak Kargil war. Here the timeline below…
As the nation remembers its brave heroes on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Indian and Pakistani armies fought the war in May-July 1999 in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC).
India launched ‘Operation Vijay’ to clear the Kargil sector of infiltration by the Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants on the Indian side of the Line of Control. Kargil was the first televised war viewed extensively by the country.
Kargil War: The Timeline:1999: The war
- May 4: Reports of infiltrators atop heights of Kargil. Strategic heights taken over by infiltrators, say reports.
- May 5-15: Army patrol sent up to survey. Captain Saurabh Kalia goes missing. He is allegedly tortured and killed in captivity by Pakistani troops.
- May 26: Indian Air Force launches air strikes. Flying from the Indian airfields of Srinagar, Avantipur and Adampur, ground attack aircraft MiG-21s, MiG-23s, MiG-27s, Jaguars and the Mirage 2000 strike insurgent positions.
- May 27: An IAF MiG-27 goes down. The pilot, who ejects and is taken a prisoner of war by Pakistan, is released after eight days.
- May 31: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says it’s a “war-like situation” in Kargil
- June 10: Pakistan returns mutilated bodies of six soldiers, India enraged. The six bodies were those of Lt. Saurav Kalia and his men who went to Kaksar area following reports of incursion by Pakistani infiltrators.
- June 12: Deadlock at first crisis-time meeting between foreign ministers Jaswant Singh and Sartaj Aziz in Delhi. Aziz told intruders must leave
- June 15: US President Bill Clinton urges the Pakistan PM to withdraw troops from Kargil
- June 29: Army captures two important posts near Tiger Hill
- July 4: Tiger Hill captured. Three battalions — 18 Grenadiers, 2 Naga, and 8 Sikh — assault the peak with support from artillery. Nawaz Sharif meets Clinton in Washington
- July 5: Sharif announces pull-out of Pakistani troops from Kargil