Reacting to former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf’s remark that “Pakistani Army had caught India by throat” in the 1999 Kargil war, Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh on Monday indicated that the comment vindicates India’s stand as it officially confirms the role of the state in the war.
“Bahut dino ke baad unhone sach bol diya, aur kya bolna uske baare mein? (He has spoken a truth, after a long time, what else can I say),” said Singh, who was here Monday to attend the foundation day of an NGO. Officially, Pakistan had maintained that the war was between the Kashmir mujahideen and the Indian Army, and the Pakistan Army was not involved.
Recalling the Kargil conflict, Pakistan’s former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on Sunday was quoted by PTI as saying that the Pakistani Army “caught India by throat” and that India will never forget the war. “There was a second line force, too, which caught India by throat and that was later given the status of Army,” Musharraf had said, addressing a ceremony of his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).
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On Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s call to all Muslims to ‘go to war everywhere’, Singh said: “Will all Muslims leave upon his call? Most Muslims in India love India and not Baghdadi.” On not accompanying PM on his foreign visits despite being a MoS in the External Affairs Ministry, he said: “Is it written somewhere that it is compulsory? We are doing what we have to do.”
Earlier, speaking at the foundation day celebrations of the Lucknow-based NGO Lok Adhikar Manch, Singh called upon the people to unite, citing the example of army. “Desh naaron ya jumlon se nahi chalta, (the country isn’t run by slogans), it is run by people standing together, shoulder to shoulder,” he added.