Pervez Musharraf hid Kargil intrusions from ISI: former general

Pervez Musharraf

During the briefing, Zia said the Pakistan Army had gone further into Indian territory and the Drass-Kargil road was "now in the range of our small arms. The road is closed. The supply line to Siachen is now cut off and dumping (of supplies) for winter will not be completed. They will have to leave Siachen".

Aziz writes: "I knew it later that it was not the analysis of the Military Operations (directorate) but was from the Joint Staff Headquarters. News of Kargil was published in the newspapers the next day".

He writes that he is making revelations about the Kargil operation to "correct some points" Musharraf had mentioned in his book "In The Line Of Fire".

Aziz adds: "I think the blood of the youth of the nation will go waste if I did not explain facts and there would be the possibility of blindly pushing soldiers into fire and we will celebrate and say that we have taken a right decision".

Pakistan had concealed facts about the 1971 war with India was now "pursuing the same path" about Kargil, he says.

Aziz says he tried to carry out a study about the Kargil war when he was Chief of General Staff in 2002 to highlight the weakness of the Pakistan Army.

Though he confined his studies to the battalion-level and received details from all units involved in the operation, Musharraf became angry and immediately stopped the study.

"Neither such a study has been carried out in the ISI nor could it have been done as information from all 10 corps was required for it, which the ISI could not get in the post-Kargil environment," Aziz writes.

Aziz also explains the reason why Musharraf kept the Kargil operation under wraps.

"There could be one reason to keep it secret, that the plan was so weak in military perspective, that the level of preparation was limited, its timing was not suitable and no one would support it," Aziz writes.

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