Musharraf claims not everyone was to be in loop over 'localised' Kargil operation

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 11:12 hrs

Lahore: Former Pakistan president and Army chief General Pervez Musharraf has said that the Kargil conflict was initially a localised operation due to which not everybody was supposed to be in the loop.

The Nation quoted Musharraf, as saying that as the operation spread, all the relevant people were taken on board. Rejecting the assertion that even the DG Military Operations was unaware of the Kargil episode, Musharraf said this was the key post, aware of all small or big operations.

According to him, the army chief could be unaware of an operation, not the DGMO. He said it was the DGMO who is supposed to inform other relevant authorities about any military activity.

As for the casualties suffered by Pakistan, he said they did not exceed 300 while India had lost 1,700 troops. He said the situation for the Indian army was so serious that not enough wood was available for the coffins of those killed in Kargil.

He reiterated his claim that Kargil conflict was a great victory for Pakistan as it had occupied five important positions of Indians. It was because of Pakistan's dominant position that India had approached the US for pressure on Pakistan to withdraw, he said. (ANI)

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