Pakistan army chief admits his troops crossed LoC

July 1999 News


Pakistan army chief admits his troops crossed LoC

16 July 1999
Indian Express

New Delhi/Islamabad: Pakistan today admitted for the first time that its troops had crossed the line of control (LoC) during the Kargil crisis.

"Aggressive patrolling done by our troops had put them across the LoC. It was done to make sure that we have our eyes and ears open before any action takes place on LoC", Pakistan Army chief Parvez Musharraf told BBC in an interview.

He said Pakistani troops crossed the LoC because of the "offensive action by Indians and aircraft bombing across the LoC. That is what got us involved on the LoC".

India has repeatedly made it clear that its troops and aircraft never violated the LoC while evicting the Pakistani intruders in Kargil.

On the reported opposition by the Pakistani army to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Government's decision to withdraw the `mujhadeen' following his meeting with US President Bill Clinton, he said "I don't think there should be any confusion. There is a disinformation campaign going on and the decision was taken with everyoneon board".

Meanwhile in Islamabad, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he hoped the `disengagement' process will be completed by this evening, but an army spokesman said it will require a couple of more days.

Sharif told reporters during a visit to the units of Northern Light Infantry (NLI) in northern areas that the process of withdrawal was to be completed by tomorrow but "hopefully it will be concluded by this evening".

"I think it was by mutual agreement that we (India and Pakistan) decided that complete disengagement would be completed by Saturday," he said.

However, army spokesman Brig Rashid Qureshi told reporters here that Islamabad has asked for an extension of two more days to complete the `disengagement' process and claimed that an agreement betweent the director generals of military operations (DGMOs) of two countries has already been reached in this regard.

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