Kargil was a 'big success': Pervez Musharraf

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New Delhi, Jul 24: Former Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf called the Kargil war a 'big success' as it impacted the India and pushed to start discussing the Kashmir dispute.

In an interview with CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar, Musharraf said, "Yes, indeed, it was a big success because it had (an) impact even on the attitudes of the Indian side. How did we start discussing the Kashmir dispute? How was it that the Indians agreed that we will discuss Kashmir and there must be a negotiated settlement? Before this there was no such thing at all."

He defended the 1999 war claiming that it was the only way to start off talks on the Kashmir dispute as no one was allowed to bring up this topic even in the United Nation's speeches.

Contrary to Pakistan's earlier claims that Kargil was conducted by alleged freedom fighters and the Army was not involved, Musharaff revealed that the Pakistani Army's Rawalpindi Corps and Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA) were involved in the operations.

He also made a claim that the Pakistani forces were in a 'very fovourable' position, "So we knew what the Indian forces are capable (of) and what we are capable (of)...the situation was very favourable in Kargil, in Kashmir and on the entire border. We were capable of responding to any Indian action," he added.

And when asked about why he left the decision to Nawaz Sharif without arguing against the ceasefire, he said that it was because of the International pressure especailly from united states to stop the war, along with the internal political pressure.

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