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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    Navnith Krishnan
    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:37 pm
    Unfortunately was a smaller version of the stupid Nehru.
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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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