18-May-2024
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When Pakistan’s Credibility Ultimately Shattered As A Reliable State?

General Musharraf hatched the operation during the Kargil conflict while then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif welcomed Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his historic bus journey to Pakistan.

Twenty-four years ago, Pakistan’s credibility in the eyes of India and the world suffered a severe blow during the Kargil conflict. The war, triggered by the ambitious plans of Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf, proved disastrous for Pakistan’s trustworthiness as a state. The battle lasted two months and was instigated when the Pakistan Army sent troops, disguised as “Kashmiri Mujahideen,” to occupy the barren heights in Kargil, overlooking crucial links to the Siachen Glacier and Leh.

In a shocking display of deception, Pakistan initially denied the presence of its troops and claimed they were indigenous fighters fighting for Kashmiri rights. However, their lack of planning and failure to anticipate India’s response during winter further exposed their ill-conceived operation.

General Musharraf hatched the operation during the Kargil conflict while then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif welcomed Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his historic bus journey to Pakistan. This handshake between Vajpayee and Sharif had raised hopes of peace in the sub-continent, making the Kargil aggression all the more shocking. According to Sharif’s later admission, the Kargil conflict resulted in heavy casualties on the Pakistani side, with over 4,000 troops losing their lives. India, too, suffered significant losses, with 542 soldiers killed and around 1,363 injured.

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