On 26 July 1999, the Indian troops announced their victory over Pakistani rangers after nearly three-month-long armed battles on the icy heights of Kargil. They hoisted the tricolour after recapturing the peaks occupied by Pakistani soldiers.
the Pakistan Army was running a secret mission to enter the Indian side of the Line of Control (LOC) with the aim of severing the link between Ladakh and Kashmir. Their other aim was to force the Indian soldiers to withdraw from the Siachen Glacier
After finding out about their plan, the government of India responded immediately and wasted no time in mobilising approximately 200,000 Indian troops in that region. They named this counter mission ‘Operation Vijay’.
The Pakistan Army started the war with an advantage as they were positioned at higher altitudes which made it easy for them to shoot their Indian counterparts. They shot down two Indian fighter jets and another got crashed. During the fight,
Indian Army attacked the rest of the Pakistani outposts and conquered the peaks. By 26 July, they successfully completed the mission. A total of 527 Indian armed soldiers lost their lives during the war while 700 deaths were recorded in the Pakistan camps.
After the battle was won by India, Pakistan denied its involvement in the war. They put the blame on the Kashmiri separatists. But later, they were seen giving medals to their soldiers engaged in the battle.
India marked its victory on 26 July and since then, the day is celebrated annually all across the country with immense pride.
India marked its victory on 26 July and since then, the day is celebrated annually all across the country with immense pride