Former Army Chief Recalls How Vajpayee Stopped Indian Army From Crossing Loc In 1999

Extending full support to the Indian Army’s surgical strikes along the LoC, General (retd.) VP Malik, who was the Army chief during the Kargil Conflict, recalled that the Indian forces were all set to cross the LoC to retaliate the Pakistani incursion in 1999, but they were stopped by the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee following international pressure.

He further added that he was very unhappy when Vajpayee asked to “let go of Pakistan”, but asserted that it was a right decision. Reacting to the ongoing tension between the two countries, Gen Mallik said and I quote: 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.” Gen Mallik also touched upon the ongoing war of words between political parties over surgical strikes and appealed to stay united when it comes to national security.