Indian Army was set to cross LoC in 1999, Vajpayee stopped us: General VP Malik

Malik said he was “very unhappy” when Vajpayee asked to “let go of Pakistan”.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: October 11, 2016 1:28 pm
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Extending “full support” to Indian Army’s surgical strikes along the LoC, General (retd.) V P Malik, who was the Army chief during the Kargil episode, on Monday said the Indian forces were all set to enter the Pakistan-occupied territory in 1999, but they were stopped by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee following international pressure.

“After the surgical strikes, we don’t have to beg to the international community (to build pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting terror activities against India). We have to tell them that if they (Pakistan) continue to do this, we will have to go to war,” he told the audience while delivering a speech on leadership and motivation during the ongoing Switch Global Expo here.

Later, taking a question from the audience during an interactive session — most questions pertaining to the heightened tension between India and Pakistan — Malik said, “I am not optimistic that Pakistan will change after one surgical strike. We must be prepared for more action from them and more reaction from us.”

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Taking an exception to the war of words between the ruling BJP and opposition parties Congress and AAP over the surgical strikes, he said, “We have to tell them that when it comes to national security, we must work together. Also, politicians who do not have the knowledge about national security should not speak (on the matter).”

Drawing references to the 1999 Kargil conflict, Malik said the Army was ready to cross the LoC to retaliate the Pakistani incursion, but it was stopped by Vajpayee. Malik said, “On June 2, PM Vajpayee told the Army not to cross the border. The then national security adviser Brajesh Mishra had said in an interview that the Army was told ‘not to cross the border today, but we don’t know about tomorrow’.”

Malik said he was “very unhappy” when Vajpayee asked to “let go of Pakistan”. He said, “It required three long meetings in a single day and a lot of convincing from the then prime minister to make me let them (Pakistan) go. I was unhappy and so were the soldiers. Among the many reasons, one was that the international community pressuring India… another was the general elections (held later that year). In the hindsight, it was a right decision.”

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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 11, 2016 at 5:58 am
    YES SIR, RAHUL , KEJERIWAL , LALU , MAYAWATI ARE JUST OPPORTUNISTS , WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO SPRING UPON MONEY AND POWER AT ANY COST EVEN AT THE RISK OF NATIONAL INTEGRITY. THEY SHOULD NOT SPEAK ABOUT THE ARMY STRIKE BECAUSE THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY . THESE PEOPLE ARE MAKING THE STRIKE A BIG ISSUE UNNECESSARILY FOR THEIR GAIN , BUT PEOPLE ARE FAR MORE WISER THAN THESE USELESS GOONS. WHAT MAKES THEM UNHAPPY WITH THE SUCCESSFUL SURGICAL STRIKES FROM INDIA , IS AN INTERESTING QUESTION , WHICH NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED BY THEM . THEY ARE LESS THAN BROKERS AND HISTORY WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM . ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PRIME MINISTER MODIJI )
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      VISWALINGAM
      Oct 11, 2016 at 5:58 am
      YES SIR, RAHUL , KEJERIWAL , LALU , MAYAWATI ARE JUST OPPORTUNISTS , WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO SPRING UPON MONEY AND POWER AT ANY COST EVEN AT THE RISK OF NATIONAL INTEGRITY. THEY SHOULD NOT SPEAK ABOUT THE ARMY STRIKE BECAUSE THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY . THESE PEOPLE ARE MAKING THE STRIKE A BIG ISSUE UNNECESSARILY FOR THEIR GAIN , BUT PEOPLE ARE FAR MORE WISER THAN THESE USELESS GOONS. WHAT MAKES THEM UNHAPPY WITH THE SUCCESSFUL SURGICAL STRIKES FROM INDIA , IS AN INTERESTING QUESTION , WHICH NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED BY THEM . THEY ARE LESS THAN BROKERS AND HISTORY WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM . ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PRIME MINISTER MODIJI )
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        Hemant Kumar
        Oct 11, 2016 at 11:54 am
        Gen VP is thinking of joining Politics, he is therefore doing I now while digging old graves.
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          Young
          Oct 11, 2016 at 12:13 am
          You have it in your mouth.
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            Ramanathan
            Oct 10, 2016 at 11:14 pm
            Never belive those fellows. Their incompetence cost Kargil war.
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              Harish
              Oct 11, 2016 at 5:37 am
              Next time this happens,would like to see u on hot chair.
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                Guna
                Oct 11, 2016 at 2:10 am
                Modi has issued a command to ISI to probe all attacks including 2008 Mumbai attack and asked it to submit a report to Indian parliament.lt;br/gt;Funny Modi
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                1. I
                  Indian
                  Oct 11, 2016 at 7:26 am
                  I request media please be logical and tell truth to the nation. Why u afraid In telling the truth to the nation by government. Or you wanna always go for TRP. please answer on this????
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                  1. I
                    Indian
                    Oct 11, 2016 at 11:01 am
                    Please vote FOR BJP in UP and Punjab elections. Because ur ruling party fights at border not the army. It's really ashamed to bjp doing politics on Indian army efforts and this will demoralized who actually done that.lt;br/gt;I request to the bjp please don't do politics on this
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                      Indian
                      Oct 11, 2016 at 12:52 pm
                      Who are you to told me to leave over it's also my nation not yours only. Secondly in regards with respect to the nation. I respect the nation but not the BJP and their Bhakts who followed them blindly without knowing the truth.
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                        Indian
                        Oct 10, 2016 at 8:46 pm
                        I don't about but, recent surgical strike was fake, it is story fabricated by BJP for the election. To get votes by telling a lie to their own peoples which type of government is this. And shame on the media channels live ZEE NEWS for supporting them leaving public in dark.lt;br/gt;Whoever who follows international media already knows that 95% news on zee news are doctored, fake.
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                          Indian
                          Oct 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm
                          Wow, really it happens, can anyone tell that in kargil India fighting with stan army or some terrorist, I really surprised by listening this type of nonsense by an top-official. They think that public are fool.ready heads off to Indian politics....lt;br/gt;Wow just see that 80 crore people living below poverty line means incomes only 100 rupees per day.lt;br/gt;Daily 1000 of people dies due to food.lt;br/gt;First provide food and shelter of approx 50% of potion of India than talk about other things...
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                            Indian
                            Oct 10, 2016 at 8:34 pm
                            Zero news well done now u r quoting from the picture. Which type of news channel u r that's spreading a fake news and also give or support from movies . Really same on you. What happens to Indian media why they are telling a lie to the nation. And u said that u r proud to be Indian news channel while telling a lie to 125 crore people, because u fear from Indian government or support them to be benefited in election or from ur personal interest. I don't know even opposition also fear to telling the truth because they fear from elections. OK ZEE NEWS I KNOWS AND THE OTHER EDUCATED PEOPLE WHO WATCH LITTLE BIT INTERNATIONAL MEDIA.lt;br/gt;So my question to zee news about surgical strikes we all knows the truth then why u r telling lie to the nation.lt;br/gt;Do u work under government pressure?lt;br/gt;As far as I know media is for telling the truth to nation peoples even if government misguiding them. lt;br/gt;But which type mediA u r are u work for government. Please answer this ???
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                              Advani.Karachi
                              Oct 11, 2016 at 12:22 am
                              Vajpayee exploded the DUD thermo nuclear device which yielded nothing. He even declared to the world it was a success. Criminal mind!
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                                Tony
                                Oct 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm
                                @Indian ::: fake id
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                                  Tony
                                  Oct 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm
                                  @Indian ::: fake id
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                                    Tony
                                    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm
                                    @Indian ::: fake id
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                                      Tony
                                      Oct 11, 2016 at 1:17 am
                                      Wishing all Proud Indians across the world Happy Dussehra . This day is very special as we will Conquer Evil with all our might.
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                                        Tony
                                        Oct 11, 2016 at 1:19 am
                                        Wishing all Proud Indians across the world and India Happy Dussehra . This day is very special as we will Conquer Evil with all our might.
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                                          Tony
                                          Oct 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm
                                          do a surgical strike on opposition big mouths. feed them to the fishes afterwards
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                                            Vijay Simha
                                            Oct 11, 2016 at 4:27 am
                                            This time we will cross the border, the final stations will be Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Karachi...lt;br/gt;stan will be devastated.
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