General Bipin Rawat made a vociferous statement on India’s stand on Kashmir on the twentieth anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to commemorate the contributions of the armed forces. During his speech on India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil War, the Army chief made it clear that “India has the right on the entire territory of Jammu and Kashmir including the portion which is known as the POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) and how to get it back from Pakistan will be a political decision. Whether to take it by force or dialogue is a matter on which the decision would be taken politically and the Army would act accordingly.”
Talking about the significant past in Kashmir’s history, the Army Chief narrated as to how Jammu and Kashmir merged into India in 1947 by King Hari Singh. Later the Indian army which was deployed there had recaptured the place by throwing away the Pakistani intruders, which ended after ceasefire was declared. Thereafter, a part of Kashmir came under the control of the Pakistanis and hence it is termed as POK.
Warning Pakistan to not to repeat another war with India, General Rawat made it clear by saying, “ ”Don`t do it. Misadventures are normally not repeated. You`ll get a bloodier nose next time,”
July 26th is observed as Kargil Vijay Diwas as India waged a war with Pakistan for 60 days in which the Indian soldiers recaptured the mountain peaks invaded by Pakistani infiltrators. India successfully recaptured with Indian flag flying high in 1999 in Kargil. Kargil Vijay Diwas pays homage to those bravehearts who laid down their lives for the nation.