Kargil war: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was stabbed in the back, accepts Pak PM Nawaz Sharif
In what could be said to be a vindication of India's stand, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday accepted that the occupation of Kargil by Pakistani troops in 1999 was a misadventure, as per a media report.
Delhi: In what could be said to be a vindication of India's stand, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday accepted that the occupation of Kargil by Pakistani troops in 1999 was a misadventure, as per a media report.
He also said that it was a stab in the back for then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as per India Today.
At the time of Kargil war India and Pakistan were involved in a peace process at Lahore.
"Vajpayee told me that he was stabbed in the back because of Pakistan's misadventure in Kargil, especially during the process of Lahore Declaration. Vajpayee was right. I would have said the same thing - he was certainly backstabbed (in Kargil)," he was quoted as saying by the report.
"But, who do I complain to about that now. We (India and Pakistan) pray to the same God," he added.
At the same time the Pakistani PM spoke the similarities between the two countries.
"People of India and Pakistan are alike, except for the border in between. We both cherish Aloo Gosht delicacy," he added.
The Kargil War took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC).
India launched Operation Vijay to recaptured a majority of the positions on the Indian side of the LoC infiltrated by the Pakistani troops and militants.
The Indian Army launched its final attacks in the last week of July and the fighting ceased on July 26 as soon as the Drass sub-sector had been cleared of Pakistani forces.
The day has since been marked as Kargil Vijay Diwas (Kargil Victory Day).