"I salute the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the beloved nation," he tweeted. The Kargil Diwas reminds us of the valour and sacrifices of the Indian armed forces, the Prime Minister said.

The Kargil war, which began in May 1999, lasted for more than two months before Pakistani soldiers, a bulk of them drawn from its Northern Light Infantry, and irregulars withdrew from the mountain tops they had occupied overlooking the Srinagar-Leh highway.

In the conflict, the Indian Army lost 490 officers, soldiers and jawans.

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