Indian Army pays tribute to Kargil War heroes on 17th anniversary
Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh laid a wreath at the war memorial in Kargil's Drass town in commemoration of the country's war heroes. Photograph: (Reuters)
Indian Army paid tribute to the fallen heroes of 1999 Kargil War with Pakistan on its 17th anniversary on Monday.
The Kargil War was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place in the summer of 1999 in Kargil and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.
Kargil is located 205 kilometres from Kashmir's capital Srinagar, and faces Pakistan's so-called northern areas across the LoC.
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh laid a wreath at the war memorial in Kargil's Drass town and remembered the country's war heroes.
"In 1999 it is this very area and these treacherous peaks which were intruded by the Pak intruders. Our gallant soldiers recaptured them in very short time and some of them made supreme sacrifice," said General Singh.
The conflict, which claimed the lives of nearly 500 soldiers, many of whom were posthumously given gallantry awards, is also referred to as Operation Vijay, which was the name of the Indian operation that cleared the Kargil sector.
India and Pakistan, who have each administered part of Kashmir since the partition of the subcontinent after the end of British rule in 1947, have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.
The troops of arch rivals India and Pakistan intermittently exchange fire on the LoC, despite an agreement in 2003 that a ceasefire should be observed along the working boundary. Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other for resorting to unprovoked firings.