Kargil war was a total disaster, claims Gen Majeed Malik

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  1. A.Rafay

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    ISLAMABAD: Former federal minister Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Majeed Malik, who is an eyewitness to major happenings that took place during the tenure of the second Nawaz Sharif government, says the Kargil operation of Pervez Musharraf was badly conceived, faultily executed and totally unneeded.

    “Musharraf’s assertion that the then government turned a won war into a political defeat is erroneous and misplaced. Rather it saved the army and Pakistan from further embarrassment, and this was a major achievement,” Majeed Malik, who was a key minister in the Nawaz Sharif cabinet, told The News. The only element of pride in the Kargil war, he said, was that the junior officers and soldiers played a heroic role, which has no parallel in the world history. The whole nation lauds their bravery and courage.

    Majeed Malik said that the casualties Pakistan suffered in the otherwise limited Kargil battle were perhaps even more than those in the full-fledged 1971 war with India.

    He said the only objective of undertaking this venture was to interdict Indian supplies from their usual route. These hills, he said, are always unoccupied during winters, and when the Pakistan army captured it, it was untenanted as India had vacated it due to the chilly season. When Pakistani forces took the area, there was no resistance as there were no Indian forces present in that region, he said adding that no combat thus took place.

    Even India, Majeed Malik said, came to know about occupation of the Kargil hills by Pakistani forces a few months later only when a shepherd went there. He said the way junior officers and soldiers transported the guns and other material to Kargil was unprecedented. Pakistan was not in a position for the logistics buildup.

    Majeed Malik said the civilian government was formally briefed about the Kargil operation for the first time on May 17, 1999. Only then it came to know about the adventure.

    He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he and some other federal ministers including Sartaj Aziz and Raja Zafarul Haq, Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retd) Iftikhar Ali Khan, Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed Khan and Additional Secretary, Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi were present in the meeting that was given the briefing by the army generals including Pervez Musharraf, Aziz Khan, Mehmood, Tauqir Zia and Ziauddin about the Kargil operation. “It is a matter of record that I seriously objected to the venture and argued that it was absolutely wrong and would not benefit Pakistan in any way as it would not be possible for us to stay there because India has much better access to the area,” Majeed Malik recalled.

    He said that India quickly mobilized its army and air force and inflicted heavy damage to Pakistan. Had the war continued for another couple of months, Pakistan would have faced more damages. In this tough situation when Pakistan was in no position to fight India in that area, Nawaz Sharif government initiated the diplomatic process by involving the then US President Bill Clinton and got Pakistan out of the difficult scenario, Majeed Malik said.

    He added that when this process was started, it had become impossible for Pakistani troops to stay in the Kargil area. When the prime minister launched the efforts to end armed hostilities and after these succeeded in July that year, he kept saying that his government has taken on its shoulders the burden of blunders committed by others. He obviously alluded to Pervez Musharraf, who, some two months later, overthrew his government and imposed martial law, plunging the country into another dark era.

    Kargil war was a total disaster, claims Gen Majeed Malik - thenews.com.pk
     
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    There was only ONE thing wrong with the Kargil operation

    It was executed too late, almost 14 years too late.

    at the time of it's initial inception Kargil was the best operation.
     
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    Sir can u explain as to how it would have been a success if implemented in the time of it's inception??
     
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    Kargil was a blunder done by Pakistan.
     
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    Surprise surprise. The general was from Nawaz Sharif's cabinent.
     
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    Pakistan dint accept mujahiddins as their soldiers so they cant help them directly ..... this makes our work really easy
     
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    where's windjammer ?...:wave:
     
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    Musharraf made Nawaz Sharif as scapegoat.
     
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    ok it makes sense
     
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    Kargil was a brilliant tactical success, but a stratigic failure.
     
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    Till date most of decisions Pakistan taken regarding any strategic value are blunder only:
    1965,1971, Kargil, giving birth to Taliban, terrorism in j&k, following Islamic system in law and order . Are few examples of their
    Decision making.
     
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    Kargil was a failure it showed the world Pakistani support for militant groups which were later banned by Musharaf and even China asked Pakistan to respect the LOC so what was achieved? we both lost soldiers for nothing and in the end took our place back across the LOC which we are doing till now.
     
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    I beleive Pakistan has the best chance to occupy the so called Jugualr vein of Pakistan like Kashmir when no one wasa declared nuclear power...Now you missed the bus general..Like Pakistan always blackmail about nuclear deterrent simillarly you should keep in mind that your so called enemey India is not a cakewalk too.....

    Forget kagil...Pakistan has really lost the chance in Kashmir when it got involved itself in a revolt that was originated by people of Kashmir in 1989....Sometimes i feel Kashmir issue might have get sympathy of so called secularist Indian politician in case if and only if Pakistan was not a factor of Kashmir and people of Kashmir demand independence from India rather than accession to Pakistan.....Think about Naxalite terrorism....Naxalite terrorism has a some sort of sympathy in common Indian people and also in political space....This is because it seems to independent from any political influence.....

    In a nutshell to Pakistan...You lost a chance in Kashmir ...dear general....the more Pakistan gets involved in the Kashmir issue, Indian case will be stronger day by day.....So keep on your day dream...
     
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    It was simply a waste of Pakistani money.

    Though it was the final year when US was handling your economy, this misadventure cost you so much: trained troops, millions of bucks and international image. And to make it worse, it further derailed your relations with your main backer; USA.

    What was the point of this war? It achieved nothing.
     
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    Surprise,surprise you found it out.
    On topic - They could have never got it right.
     
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