Indian President Axes Drass Trip Marking 22 Years of Kargil Victory Over Pakistan Due to Bad Weather

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Between May and July 1999, India and Pakistan waged a war in the Kargil district of Ladakh that was triggered by the infiltration of Pakistani troops disguised as Kashmiri militants. In July 1999, India emerged victorious in the Kargil war.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind had to cancel his visit to the Kargil War Memorial located in the Drass District of Ladakh union territory on Monday due to poor weather conditions. This is the third year in a row that the president won’t be reaching Drass on this day.

Every year since 1999, 26 July has been observed as “Vijay Diwas” (Victory Day) in India, to commemorate India’s win in the Kargil War against Pakistan. The memorial for the fallen soldiers in the Kargil War is located in the Drass district.

​To mark 22 years since India’s victory in the Kargil War, President Kovind will be visiting the Indian Army’s training facility, the High Altitude Warfare School, based in Gulmarg, Kashmir to interact and motivate soldiers there. He will also be laying a wreath at the War Memorial located in Kashmir’s Baramula, Indian media reported. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is presently in Delhi and is attending the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, paid his respects to the soldiers who fought the war in 1999 and refused to let Pakistani insurgents capture Kargil. 

He shared an excerpt from an episode of his weekly podcast “Mann ki Baat” where he can be heard asking Indians to read more about the…

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