Drass: Accusing former Pakistan
military ruler Pervez Musharraf of "telling lies", the retired
Indian Army chief VP Malik on Saturday said that the Pakistani
general seemed to change his perceptions and actions on the
Kargil war before different audiences.
"He (Musharraf) keeps changing his statements. There was
time, he was not owning up his role in the conflict. First he
said it was only irregular militants fighting, but later
changed his views and owned up that regular Pakistani Army
troops were involved in the intrusion," Malik said at a
ceremony to mark 10 years of the conflict, which saw
extraordinary feats of bravery and dare-devilry by Indian Army
men and just commissioned young officers.
Commenting on claims made by Musharraf that through the
Kargil, he had brought Kashmir issue back on the international
agenda in a big way, Malik who led the Indian Army during the
conflict period, said events were to the contrary, as it was a
proud and brave Indian Army, which evicted the Pakistanis from
the heights occupied illegally by them.
Taking on the former Pakistani president, Malik said,
Musharraf was an Army chief, who did not dare to own up
Pakistani Army casualties and refused to take their dead
bodies, which had to be buried with honour by Indian forces.
Malik also said that Pakistani rulers, including their
military brass could not be trusted and New Delhi would have
to step up preparedness, as any new war could be foisted on
the country anytime.
Referring to defence setup in Kargil, the former Indian
Army chief said that things are now much better. "We have
strengthened our defences, people too are confident. We are
now capable of defending every part of the country."
Remembering the war heroes and events that took place
during the Operation Vijay, he said, "It is a memorable event.
I would say it is honour for me to be part of this event here.
By looking at the faces of the brave soldiers, kins of
martyrs and awardees, I wonder what they are made of."