Islamabad: In an explosive revelation regarding 1999 Kargil war, Pakistan Army colonel (retd) Ashfaq Hussain has claimed that General Pervez Musharraf himself had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) before the war against India and spent a night in Indian Territory.

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In his book ‘Witness to Blunder’, Ashfaq has claimed that General Pervez Musharraf on 28th March 1999 had crossed LoC and entered 11 kms beyond the LoC on a helicopter and spent an entire night in Indian side.

Ashfaq Hussain, who was a part of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate, has revealed the information in an interview to a Pakistani news channel.

In his book he stated that for the first time on 18 December 1998, Captain Nadeem, Captain Ali and Hawaldaar Lalak Jaan crossed the LoC and carried recce in the entire area. Thereafter, Musharraf crossed LoC with Colonel Amjad Shabbir at a location named ‘Zakriya Mustakar’.

Ashfaq has revealed several important information about Kargil War in his book. He wrote that the then Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif was unaware of the entire operation till the time his Indian counterpart Atal Bihari Vajpayee called him. He condemned Musharraf’s act in the book and wrote that when truth came into light, Musharraf didn’t identified the bodies of Pakistani soldiers.

He further wrote that Musharraf and Pakistan Army crossed the LoC because Indian troops were not present there during the winters. He assumed that Indians won’t come to know till June. Meanwhile, Musharraf rejected all the charges levied against him.

While explaining the reason behind Kargil War, Musharraf claimed that Kargil operation was a result of ceasefire violation by Indian troops.

Ashfaq’s book was released in 2008, although the major revelations came into light in the wake of fresh disclosures by Lt General (retd) Shahid Aziz, who headed the analysis wing of the ISI during the Kargil conflict.

Aziz, who has written a book about his days in the army, has told the media that the Kargil operation was masterminded by a group of four generals led by Musharraf. He has said details of the operation were hidden from other military commanders and the exact number of Pakistani casualties was still not known.
    
"It was a failure because we had to hide its objectives and results from our own people and the nation. It had no purpose, no planning and nobody know even today how many soldiers lost their lives," Aziz said in a recent interview.
        
A PML-N government headed by party chief Nawaz Sharif was in power at the time of the conflict in early 1999.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies

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