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Pakistani Captain Killed In Kargil War Awarded By The Indian Army

19 years ago the Indian army thrashed the Pakistan army in the Kargil war. It started in May and ended in July of 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil district. The Indian army recaptured all the Indian posts in Kargil on July 26, 1999, that had been occupied by the Pakistan army. The Indian army is known for its bravery and strength but respecting the enemy is something worth noting.


The code of honour ::

Captain Karnal Sher Khan, a soldier of Pakistan’s Northern Light Infantry (NLI) along with his comrades, led a counter-attack on July 7, 1999, in broad daylight to recapture the Tiger Hill. The soldiers of both ‘8 Sikh’ and ‘18 Grenadiers’ could see his movements easily. Such was the intensity of the counter-attack that a platoon of the 18 Grenadiers reinforced the 8 Sikhs. Captain Khan was martyred fighting for his country, and 15 of their soldiers also lost their lives.“He brought in his troops for a counter-attack. He gave a very stiff fight and in the process lost his life,” says Lt Gen Mohinder Puri, Ex-Commander, in a video by CNN IBN.

To show respect for his efforts the Indian army even crossed the border and wrote a citation for Captain Khan so that he could get recognition for his brave act. “That is what distinguishes us from the rest of the armies, the way we treat our enemies,” added Lt Gen Puri.


How Captain Khan got his due ::

For many years, Pakistan denied the involvement of their army in the Kargil war. It was in 2010 that Captain Khan was awarded Pakistan’s highest gallantry award, Nishan-e-Haider, on the recommendations of the Indian army. In the video by CNN IBN, Captain Khan’s brother Sikandar Sheikh says, “I am thankful to Allah that our enemy is not a coward. If people say India is a coward, I will say it is not true.”


The confession of former President Pervez Musharraf ::

According to The Indian Express, the Pakistan government made public the names of 350 Pakistani soldiers on the official website of the Pakistani Army, in a nondescript section titled ‘Shuhada’s (Martyrs’) Corner’. Most of these names were from the NLI.

Former President Pervez Musharraf admitted in his 2007 book, In the line of fire, that 357 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 665 wounded in the war. Although no official statement was ever given by Pakistani government. As per official Indian estimates, Pakistani casualties in the battle were in the range of 1,000-1,200. Approximately, 200 soldiers were buried in India itself.

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