Precisely two decades ago, three battalions of the Indian Army were tasked with attacking and retaking the heights of Tiger Hill, the highest peak in the Kargil sector. Tiger Hill is located at the commanding heights over the vital Highway connecting Srinagar to Ladakh. The operations to recapture the hill, which commenced during the last week of May 1999, were accompanied by a battle for the adjoining peak of Tololing, which ended successfully on July 3-4, 1999.
Control of the high peaks of Tiger Hill had enabled Pakistani forces to monitor the movement of our forces and disrupt supplies to our troops in Siachen. Coinciding with these events, Nawaz Sharif paid a hurried visit to Washington and agreed to pull back his forces in Kargil on July 4 — America’s Independence Day. This happened after Vajpayee had rejected President Clinton’s offers of mediation.
The Kargil conflict took place when both India and Pakistan were under economic pressure from UN-backed sanctions, after their nuclear tests in May 1998. Read More