New Delhi: On the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tributes to the war heroes with images of his Kargil visit during the conflict in 1999. “During the Kargil War in 1999, I had the opportunity to go to Kargil and show solidarity with our brave soldiers. This was the time when I was working for my Party in J&K as well as Himachal Pradesh. The visit to Kargil and interactions with soldiers are unforgettable,” tweeted PM.Also Read - Yasin Malik: Top Facts About The Kashmiri Separatist Who Says ‘Will Accept Hanging’

President Ram Nath Kovind also acknowledged the gallantry of the Armed Forces on the heights of Kargil in 1999. He tweeted,”On Kargil Vijay Diwas, a grateful nation acknowledges the gallantry of our Armed Forces on the heights of Kargil in 1999. We salute the grit and valour of those who defended India, and record our everlasting debt to those who never returned. Jai Hind!” Also Read - Pakistan’s ISI Pushing Terrorists Into Jammu and Kashmir Ahead Of Amarnath Yatra, Intelligence Agencies Warn Security Forces

Meanwhile, a number of events has been planned by the Army in Delhi and Dras in Jammu and Kashmir to highlight the stories of valour by brave soldiers. The 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory is being celebrated with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’, the Army said. Also Read - India Squad For South Africa: 5 Players Who Missed Out Narrowly | IND vs SA T20I Series 2022

“We ‘remember’ our martyrs, by revisiting the sacrifices and instilling pride and respect among us, we ‘rejoice’ by celebrating the victory in Kargil and we ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard the honour of the tricolour,” the Army said in a statement.

Yesterday, Army chief General Bipin Rawat, had warned Pakistan that it would have to “take back bodies” if it dares to infiltrate again. “Infiltration has come down because of our troops sitting alert at the border. Pakistan knows that if it’ll infiltrate, all they will have to do is come back and take mortal remains,” Rawat said.

The Kargil war began with the infiltration of both Pakistani troops and terrorists into Indian territory. Their aim was to sever the link between Kashmir and Ladakh, and cause Indian forces to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier and force India to negotiate a settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

The Government of India had recruited approximately 200,000 Indian troops to fight. A total number of 527 soldiers of the Indian Armed forces lost their lives during this war. Pakistan lost its 700 men.

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    Kargil Vijay Diwas: Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat paid tributes wearing their respective forces’ combat fatigues, in Drass today

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    Kargil Vijay Diwas: Bollywood actor and first time MP Sunny Deol paid tributes to the heroes of Kargil War. “Remembering the triumph of bravehearts who fought for the nation. Jai Hind!” Deol tweeted.

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    Kargil Vijay Diwas: President Kovind pays tribute to war heroes at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar

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    Kargil Vijay Diwas: I want to convey to our countrymen that you can be rest assured that any task given to defence services will always be accomplished no matter how difficult it is. Our soldiers will continue to man and guard our borders, said Rawat

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    Kargil Vijay Diwas: We are looking at modernising our inventory. Our focus is on Artillery weapon system, by 2020 we will get the Howitzers, K-9 Vajra is being manufactured in the country now and two Bofors like guns are being manufactured locally, Rawat informed.
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    Kargil Vijay Diwas: On being asked ‘what message you will to give to Pakistan today, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat said,”Don’t do it. Misadventures are normally not repeated. You’ll get a bloodier nose next time.”

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