Yogi on Kargil War: "Pakistan Gidgidata Hua US Ke Paas Gaya"

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NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath said on Wednesday that Pakistan "went pleading to America for help" during the Kargil war "afraid that it would end up being divided into three parts", reported ANI.

The UP CM was describing the retreat forced on the Pakistan troops by the Indian Army during the 1999 war that Pakistan started.

The conflict began in May 1999, when Pakistani troops and terrorists infiltrated into Indian territory and captured key positions in Jammu and Kashmir's Kargil district. Two months later, by July 26, the Indian armed forces managed to get back all the captured positions. The day is commemorated every year as 'Vijay Diwas'.

"26 July 1999 ko sena ne Pakistan ko peeche hatne pe majboor kiya tha. Pak ko bhay ho gaya tha ki 1971 mein uske 2 tukde kiye they. Kahin uske 3 tukde na ho jaayein isliye wo gidgidata hua America ke paas gaya," said Adityanath at an event on 'Vijay Diwas'.

("Pakistani troops were forced to retreat on July 26, 1999. Pakistan became afraid that after being divided into two countries in 1971, it would end up being divided into three parts. That's why went pleading to America for help," said Adityanath.)

The UP CM was talking about Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking the intervention of then US president Bill Clinton.

Sharif was Pakistan PM back then too. He later claimed he had no idea what the Pakistani troops were up to and said then army chief Pervez Musharraf was the one who ignited the conflict.

Suggesting that the Kargil war had been a debacle for Pakistan, Sharif said Musharraf had virtually pleaded with him to talk to Clinton to "somehow" ensure an end to the conflict, reported PTI in 2009.

"Musharraf asked me to contact Clinton and somehow ensure an end to the war," Sharif said. Clinton, in his 2004 autobiography 'My Life', talked about that period in 1999.  

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan called and asked if he could come to Washington on July 4 to discuss the dangerous standoff with India that had begun several weeks earlier when Pakistani forces under the command of General Pervez Musharraf crossed the Line of Control," wrote Clinton.

 The former US President then told Sharif he would not interfere in the Kashmir dispute.  
"I told Sharif that he was always welcome in Washington, even on July 4, but if he wanted me to spend America's independence day with him, he had to come to the US knowing two things: first he had to agree to withdraw his troops back across the LoC; and second, I would not agree to intervene in the Kashmir dispute, especially under circumstances that appeared to reward Pakistan's wrongful incursion," wrote Clinton.

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