Kargil War Was Big Success Militarily: Musharraf

Kargil War Was Big Success Militarily: Musharraf

31 January 2013
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Former Pakistan president and army chief General (Retd) Parvez Musharraf has justified Kargil adventure by saying that Kargil war was big success militarily. He said had Nawaz Sharif, then Pakistan premier not visited US, Pakistan would have conquered 300 square miles of India. “Kargil war in 1999 was a big success militarily,” said Musharraf in an interview with Pakistan’s Express News channel. He said Pakistan lost the Kargil war because of Nawaz Sharif. “If he (Nawaz) had not visited the US, we would have conquered 300 square miles of India.” He said he would not go so far as to accuse Nawaz of betrayal but his decision to withdraw from Kargil was a mistake. “Nawaz lost a political front which we had won militarily,” he said. Rejecting the suggestion that he had wilfully put a 'tight lid' on details regarding the Kargil war operation when he was Pakistan's army chief, Musharraf said the Kargil operation was not a major operation but a localized one. “Kargil was just one of many sectors all under a major general stationed in Gilgit, in charge of the area. Exchange of fire was routine there”. “The prime consideration of such actions is security and secrecy, so the army leadership decides who is to be informed and when. As the operation progressed and the proper time arrived, a briefing of the corps commanders was also held,” he said. He said it was a tactical action that had a strategic importance in which no more than a few hundred persons were involved, but which engaged thousands on the Indian side and was of tremendous importance. While justifying Pakistani casualties in the conflict, Musharraf said Pakistan lost only 270 men against India’s 1,600 soldiers. He described former retired army commander Lt Gen (retired) Shahid Aziz, who had recently termed ‘Kargil was as a failure and an operation of four’, as an imbalanced personality, who indulged in uncalled for character assassination “I am really astonished that Lt Gen Shahid Aziz is writing about this 10 years later,” he said adding blaming the nation at this juncture of time, as Lt Gen (retd) Shahid has done, seems to be part of a conspiracy.