Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Friday that the border country will not dare to attempt to infiltrate India like it did in Kargil in 1999 because it has “seen the consequences”. The General asserted that the armed forces are keeping a tight watch in border areas.
“We don’t think Pakistan will attempt something like that because they have seen the consequences… I can clearly say, in the coming days and years, Pakistan will not dare to attempt any infiltration,” Gen Rawat said in response to questions on the issue as he was seen speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to commemorate 20 years of Operation Vijay, India’s limited war against Pakistan in Kargil.
“There is no such area that we have left unguarded. Our surveillance team is keeping a tight watch and regularly patrolling the areas,” he stated.
“Today, we are here to celebrate 20 years of Kargil and Operation Vijay and the Northern Command as well as the 14 Corps have kick-started the celebrations to be held over the next few weeks,” Rawat told reporters.
“The 20th year celebrations mark the gallantry of the soldiers who participated in Op Vijay, and how the Indian army stood tall, and evicted enemies from Pakistan perched on top of jagged hills. It is also a saga of sacrifices and valour of our soldiers,” he said.
Rawat later released a video of a special tribute song, penned by Bollywood lyricist Sameer for the Kargil heroes. The video features Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, actor Salman Khan, Vicky Kaushal of ‘Uri’ fame, among others.
“It is an ode to those officers who guided the soldiers to victory at icy heights of Kargil, as rightly depicted in the theme song (video). It was very touching and moving moment for all of us. Let us all celebrate and rejoice the 20 years of the victory,” he said.
“The Kargil War is a saga of strong political, military and diplomatic actions. The nation shall be celebrating the 20th anniversary of victory this year in Kargil War with pride, honour and inspiration,” the Army had earlier said.