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Defence Minister honors Kargil martyrs to celebrate Indian victory over Pak

Defence Minister honors Kargil martyrs to celebrate Indian victory over Pak

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tributes at the National War Memorial in Delhi and remembered the brave soldiers who fought back Pakistani Army and non-state infiltrators during the Kargil War in 1999. The nation had lost over 500 soldiers in the war in which Pakistani troops had occupied portions of Indian territory.

July 26 is observed as the Kargil Vijay Diwas to mark Pakistan's defeat in a war that it launched on India. Observing the occasion, Singh said, "On the 21st anniversary of Kargil Vijay, I would like to salute the brave soldiers of the Indian armed forces who fought the enemy under the most challenging conditions that the world had witnessed in recent history."

On this day, Indian security forces had recaptured Indian territories occupied by Pakistani intruders in the icy heights of the Kargil-Drass sector in 1999 after a three-month long battle.

The minister paid gratitude to those who laid down their lives in the service of the nation and bowed to their families, who despite losing their loved ones, remained steadfast in their support to the nation. "I am also grateful to those who despite becoming disabled in battle, continue to serve the country in their own ways and have set examples worthy of emulation by the nation," Singh said.

Singh posted photographs on Twitter and said: "Paid tributes to fallen soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who exhibited exemplary valour and made supreme sacrifice during Kargil War.

He added that Kargil Vijay Diwas is indeed a celebration of India's proud tradition of outstanding military service, exemplary valour and sacrifice. "The unwavering courage and patriotism of our armed forces has ensured that India is safe and secure," said the minister..