On the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Venkaiah Naidu slammed Pakistan for its interference in India’s issues and for funding terrorism. “Proxy-war is the state policy of Pakistan. It is abetting, training and funding terrorists,” the Information and Broadcasting minister said. “Any aggressiveness will not be tolerated. Pakistan must learn. We must remember the great sacrifice of our soldiers,” Venkaiah Naidu in a strong message to the neighbouring country. “You cannot sympathise with terror, you cannot look down on armed forces, you can’t run down the army,” Naidu said in what may be a reference to the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
The 1999 Kargil war took place between India and Pakistan and officially came to an end on July 26, 2016. PM Narendra Modi in a series of tweets said, “”We recall with pride, the firmness demonstrated by India’s political leadership in 1999, which ensured a decisive victory in Kargil.” “”India will never forget the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers gave a befitting & unforgettable reply to the intruders,” he tweeted, adding, “On Kargil Vijay Diwas I bow to every valiant soldier who fought for India till the very last breath. Their heroic sacrifices inspire us.”
Army Chief General Dalbir Singh also paid homage to the soldiers, who laid down their lives during the Kargil war in 1999, at the war memorial in Jammu and Kashmir’s Dras sector. The Army Chief was accompanied by General officer Commanding in Chief of Northern Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda and General Officer Commanding of Ladakh-based Fire and Fury Corps Lt Gen S K Patyal. Lt. General DS Hooda, the Northern Command Chief said, “We are much much prepared today, I can say with absolute confidence that Kargil-like situation won’t arise again.” “This year there have been more infiltration attempts as compared to last year,” he added.