Musharraf Crossed LoC With Troops In 1999: General VK Singh

Posted: February 1, 2013 in General, News and politics, Political
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Amid a controversy over whether Pakistani army chief General Pervez Musharraf crossed the Line of Control in 1999 and spent a night on Indian-controlled territory, the former chief of the Indian army General VK Singh has said

Amid a controversy over whether Pakistani army chief General Pervez Musharraf crossed the Line of Control in 1999 and spent a night on Indian-controlled territory, the former chief of the Indian army General VK Singh has said, “As a military commander, I commend General Musharraf  that he came 11 kms into enemy territory and spent the night with his troops. It is a testament to his internal courage… on the other hand, from our side, what was happening all of you know..Why did we let them in? There were some lapses on our part.”

Col (retired) Ashfaq Hussain, who was a senior officer in the Pakistan Army’s media arm , claims that in March 1999, ahead of the Kargil war, President Musharraf flew over the Line of Control in a helicopter and spent the night at a place called Zikria Mustaqar.

Colonel Hussain  first revealed this version of events in 2008 in  his book ‘Witness to Blunder: Kargil Story Unfolds’, and repeated it on a television talk show in Pakistan last night.

General VP Malik, who was the Indian army chief during the Kargil war, told NDTV: “The Indian Army had reports that the first Pakistani patrols had crossed over into Indian side of the LoC some time in February even as Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Nawaz Sharif were discussing the peace process and Vajpayee had taken the bus ride to Lahore. Gen Musharraf, who had already planned the incursions into Kargil thought it fit to visit the forward areas immediately thereafter to assure the troops that the operation was going ahead as planned. It is therefore possible that Musharraf went there in March 1999 but whether he crossed the LoC or not, I cannot say.”

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