On the eve of Vijay Diwas, the Indian Army Chief, General Bikram Singh, on Friday (July 25) paid tribute to the martyrs at the Kargil war memorial in the Drass area and assured people of Indian Army's capability to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the nation.
Each year since 1999, the Indian Army observes Vijay Diwas on July 26 to remember its soldiers who laid down their lives in Kargil to defeat Pakistan and forcing them to withdraw their troops.
Fifteen years ago, India won the historical 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan on July 26 that was fought for about two and half months. Today, countrymen are remembering once again the stories of the country's Kargil heroes who laid their lives for a conclusive victory.
It was on May 8, 1999, that Pakistani army intruded on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) to occupied our land. It led to a war between India and Pakistan. A drawn out and difficult army operation resulted in recapturing two vital posts near Tiger Hill by end of June 1999. With further assault, Indian Army took control of Drass on July 5. Thereafter, Pak President Sharif ordered withdrawal of Pakistani Army from Kargil.
After a conclusive victory, the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay a success and by July 26 to be celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas across India.