Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Jan 27, 2013, 01:03 PM IST
Islamabad: Regular Pakistan Army troops took part in Kargil operation of 1999, according to an article written by retired Lt Gen Shahid Aziz in a leading Pakistani daily The Nation.
"The whole truth about Kargil is yet to be known. We await the stories of forgotten starved soldiers hiding behind cold desolate rocks, with empty guns still held in their hands. What stood them there could only be a love higher than that of life. Some refused to withdraw even when ordered, and stayed to fight the proverbial last man last round. Such precious blood spilled without cause!" the article quoted.
Aziz termed the 'invasion' as an "in sound military plan based on invalid assumption". He criticised Gen Pervez Musharraf for his ill-planned 'misadventure' where young Pakistani soldiers were used as "War fodder". The article portrayed the absolute obliviousness of the Pakistan army to work in national interest.
Aziz alleged that Musharraf tried to cover-up his Kargil farce and stopped a study by the GHQ.
He further said that invasion of Kargil was based on invalid assumptions. Describing the Kargil war as a total failure, Aziz said that intrusion in Kargil was a strategic maneuver, meant to cut the supply line to Siachen, which would subsequently pave the way for annexure of the glacier.
The Indian response took Pakistan by surprise who were not expecting India to retaliate the way it did.
"There were no mujahideen, only taped wireless messages, which fooled no one. Our soldiers were made to occupy barren ridges, with hand held weapons and ammunition. There was no way to dig in, so they were told to make parapets with lose stones and sit behind them, with no overhead protection. The boys were comforted by their commander’s assessment that no serious response would come.
Cut off and forsaken, our posts started collapsing one after the other, though the general publicly denied it," the article read.
The writer concluded the article by saying that, "It must be Allah’s country, for who else is holding it afloat?!"