Soldiers of all communities played a role in Kargil: Akhilesh

Bareilly (UP): In the wake of a major controversy over Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's remarks on the Kargil conflict, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that soldiers of all communities had played a role in the Kargil war.

Asked about Khan's remarks that it was 'Muslim soldiers' who had ensured India's victory in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan, Akhilesh said "...It is a very important thing... In Kargil, Army, society and the country all have made a contribution".

"People of all the communities, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians have made a contribution," Akhilesh told reporters after addressing an election meeting in favour of his party's nominee here.

Khan, a senior minister in the UP government, had yesterday said that it was 'Muslim soldiers' who had ensured India's victory in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan, drawing ire of political parties who have also sought action by the Election Commission.

PTI
First Published: Wednesday, April 09, 2014, 19:33
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