PM to pay homage to Kargil martyrs before launching N-sub

Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 21:51

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
will pay homage to the soldiers who laid down their lives
during the 1999 Kargil war at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here on
Sunday.

Singh would be accompanied by Defence Minister A K
Antony, Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Army chief General
Deepak Kapoor and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik,
Defence Ministry sources said.

Singh would visit the armed forces memorial to mark the
10th anniversary of India`s victory over Pakistan in Kargil
before leaving for Vishakapatnam to launch the country`s first
nuclear-power submarine sea trials.

Pakistani regulars had sneaked into Indian territory and
occupied the heights in Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir in
1999.

India had lost nearly 563 soldiers in the Kargil war and
yet recaptured all the hilltops that the Pakistan Army had
occupied.

The Army was ably supported by the IAF, which had lost
two MiG-27 fighters and a Mi-17 helicopter.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 21:51
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