New Delhi: Pakistan can neither fight a full-fledged nor a limited war with India and is waging a proxy war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said today.
He was speaking in Lok Sabha on the 20th anniversary of Kargil conflict as Parliament paid tributes to Indian soldiers who drove out enemy forces and reclaimed Kargil heights.
Rajnath said the bravery and sacrifice of soldiers cannot be forgotten. “Our neighbouring country (Pakistan) cannot fight a full-fledged war or a limited war with India. It is fighting a proxy war,” Rajnath said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah were present in the House.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid tributes to soldiers who fought in Kargil conflict in 1999.
Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said there should be a discussion on Kargil war.
In Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu praised the courage and gallantry of Indian soldiers and said the nation will never forget their sacrifice. Members stood in silence as they paid tributes to those who laid down their lives in the Kargil conflict.
|President cancels visit|
|Bad weather today prevented President Ram Nath Kovind from visiting the Drass war memorial and he instead arrived here to pay tributes to war matryrs on the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, officials said here.
“Due to bad weather, the President is not going to Drass for wreath-laying at the war memorial. Now the President will lay a wreath at the war memorial at Badamibagh cantonment here,” an Army official said.