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PM Modi hails sacrifices of India's courageous soldiers on Kargil Vijay Diwas

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

On the occasion of the 17th Kargil Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 July hailed the sacrifices of India's courageous soldiers.

"On Kargil Vijay Diwas, I bow to every valiant soldier who fought for India till the very last breath. Their heroic sacrifices inspire us. India will never forget the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers gave a befitting and unforgettable reply to the intruders," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He also praised the then-Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, saying: "We recall with pride, the firmness demonstrated by India's political leadership in 1999, which ensured a decisive victory in Kargil."

Army officers and kin of the war heroes paid homage to Kargil war heroes in Jammu and Kashmir's Dras.

Indian and Pakistani armies fought the Kargil War in May-July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC).

Defence Minister Manohar Parikar, India Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha will pay homage to Kargil martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate in the national capital later today.

It was on this day in 1999 that the Indian Armed Forces, as part of the 'Operation Vijay', recaptured Indian posts in Kargil which had been occupied by the Pakistan army.

--With ANI inputs

First published: 26 July 2016, 10:31 IST