The nation remembered the bravery of the soldiers who laid down their lives during the 1999 Kargil War. The conflict with Pakistan ironically came just days after then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee undertook a historic bus journey to Lahore . Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his rich tributes, Congress president Sonia Gandhi too paid her glowing tributes to the soldiers .
While fondly remembering the valour and sacrifice of the armed forces on the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas, Sonia Gandhi said “their spirit of nation above self continue to inspire an entire generation”. She also paid homage to the jawans, JCOs and officers of the Indian Army who laid down their lives during ‘Operation Vijay’ which culminated on this day in 1999.
Gandhi also expressed “deep” gratitude towards the Indian armed forces on Kargil Vijay Diwas.
During May-July, 1999 the Indian Army had launched ‘Operation Vijay’ in Kashmir’s Kargil sector and along the Line of Control (LoC) to take back command of various posts on the Indian side of LoC infiltrated by the Pakistani army.
On July 26, 1999, India successfully retook command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders to end the Kargil war.