Khan, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, dragged the Kargil war into the ongoing high voltage Lok Sabha campaign at an election rally in Ghaziabad on Monday night.
"Those who fought for victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers, in fact the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers," he said in his speech.
Khan further said that no one can guard the country's borders better than those from the Muslim community.

"Recruit us in the Indian Army. No one can guard the borders of our nation better than us," he said.

Former army chief General (retired) VK Singh, who is the BJP’s candidate from Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency, condemned Khan’s remarks, saying the Kargil war was ‘won by Indians’.
"Anybody who talks of caste, creed and religion in the army needs to be condemned. He may be anybody. The war was won by Indians and not by any caste, creed, society, religion," he said.
Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said action should be taken against Khan for his remark that could lead to division of communities based on religion or caste.


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