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Intelligence failure led to Kargil war: Mohinder Puri

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The 1999 intrusion was the fallout of the failure of the military intelligence as well as other intelligence agencies, (retd) said Sunday while speaking at the Litfest here.

Recalling the intrusion, Puri said Pakistan's aim was to internationalise the issue and change the alignment of the Line of Control in the sector by opening the conflict against

He had headed the 8 during "Operation Vijay".

"The War happened due to the failure of intelligence agencies, including military intelligence," the decorated said during an interaction on the second day of the literature and art festival at Bharat Bhavan here.

The 8 headed by him was tasked to evict the enemy from the Drass-Mushkoh Sector during "Operation Vijay".

"It was in the first week of May (1999) when 3 received information of an intrusion in the Batalik sector. Later on, it was detected that the intrusion had taken place over a very wide front," the said.

The top said Pakistan's aim was to internationalise the issue and to change the alignment of the LoC in the Kargil sector.

"also wanted to interdict a road from to thus isolating Siachen. It also wanted to launch a fresh launch pad for militants from the captured area to intrude into Himachal Pradesh," the said.

The Lt. General recalled that he was tasked with restoring the sanctity of the LOC and clear the national highway 1D in the Dras- Mushkoh Sector.

Lt. General Puri further said the main credit of the Kargil victory goes to the young officers who fought bravely. "This is the hallmark of the Indian army," he added.

When asked about the regimental culture of the Indian Army, the said a regiment is a small family of around 900 soldiers, and a soldier's first commitment is towards the unit and then for the country.

"Being in uniform for 40 years, I must say that one should not tinker with the structure of regimentation. It is tried and tested structure for years," he said.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 20:20 IST