Timeline: How the Kargil war panned out in 1999

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 26, 2016 15:30 IST
Defence personnel paying tributes at Amar Jawan Jyoti , India Gate on the occassion of Kargil Vijay Diwas in New Delhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Indian and Pakistani armies fought the Kargil War in May-July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LoC).

India launched ‘Operation Vijay’ to clear the Kargil sector of infiltration by the Pakistani soldiers and Kashmiri militants on the Indian side of the Line of Control.

Kargil was the first televised war viewed extensively by the country.

The day is observed on July 26 every year in honour of the Kargil War Heroes.

Here is how the war unfolded:


May 4: Reports of infiltrators atop heights of Kargil

May 5-15: Army patrol sent up to survey. Captain Saurabh Kalia goes missing

May 26: Indian Air Force launches air strikes

May 27: An IAF MiG-27 goes down. Pilot ejects and is taken a prisoner of war by Pakistan

May 31: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says it’s a “war-like situation” in Kargil

June 10: Pakistan returns mutilated bodies of six soldiers. India enraged

June 12: Deadlock at first crisis-time meeting between foreign ministers Jaswant Singh and Sartaj Aziz in Delhi. Aziz told intruders must leave

June 15: US President Bill Clinton urges the Pakistan PM to withdraw troops from Kargil

June 29: Army captures two important posts near Tiger Hill

July 4: Tiger Hill captured. Nawaz Sharif meets Clinton in Washington

July 5: Sharif announces pull-out of Pakistani troops from Kargil

July 11: Pakistan begins pull out

July 14: India declares operation Vijay a success

July 26: Kargil war comes to an end. India announces complete eviction of Pakistani troops

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