"In May 1999, I was passing through a village Jaglot in the south-east of Gilgit, where I saw some people gathering on the Karakoram highway and shouting the rights of the Pakistani army. I also saw dozens of people in a local hospital The soldiers were brought down from the mountains to give blood. "
Gul Shere (name changed) is around fifty but memories associated with Kargil war are still fresh in his mind.
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In April 1999, Indian soldiers patrolling the Line of Control near Kargil were fired on behalf of the mountains.
A few days later, the Indian army came to know that the Indian checkpoints which had been evacuated due to bad weather on the Line of Control have now been captured by Pakistan's armed men.
Indian military officials later realized that most of the occupants of empty Indian posts were trained soldiers of the Northern Light Infantry (NLI) of the Pakistan Army.
In response, the Indian government started a major military campaign to remove them, which lasted for almost three months.
During the Kargil conflict Gul Gul was involved as an active worker with the Pakistani army.
Their ancestors had gone to Gilgit from Srinagar centuries ago, but they say that they still have a deep connection with the Kashmir Valley.
Gul Sher says, "On that day, I decided that I would encourage people to join us and help the army against India."
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Gul Sher had taken military training from Pakistani army in 1987-88.
Later he joined the Mujahid Regiment, which was the second line of defense of the Pakistani army. Which was prepared to help the army during the war.
However, after five years, they had to retire from the army for health reasons.
But the motive of joining Gul Lion's army was something else.
Gul Sher says that when the Kargil war started, he supported the army with the hope that if he wins, then Srinagar can be freed from India's occupation after the war.
He says, "During the war, I used to camp one army base at Khaplau, hundred kilometers away from Skardu, and also the large number of trained people were joining that war. Most of them were Kashmiri but there were some Pakistanis too. "
Gul Tsher points out that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan gave a lot of support during the Kargil war. He gave many sacrifices
They say, "They used to use their own private vehicles, jeeps, tractors and trucks to feed the army."
Gul Khalir was leading these workers in Khaple where he spent many months with the Pakistan army on the Rashid Post on the Pakistan border.
He used to take food and drinks and fuel for soldiers in his car.
He remembers, "I had a very good land cruiser." People from all over the area were offering meals for soldiers, more than ten times it happened that I took the car and took dried fruit and dried meat, which was later deployed in the soldiers. Divided. "
Gul Lion claims that on the other hand, the Indian Army had tremendous resources.
"Their roads were better, their armored trucks were easily moving from there, and the Indian army was constantly firing and air firing."
Gul says that due to the shootout he could not cross the border. He explains that the Indian army was using heavy artillery. While the infrastructure of Pakistan was in shambles and most of the roads on this side were completely destroyed. "
He says, "Many times I saved my hair in Sheeling, but once my car became a target and then I could not go anywhere for five days. I could go somewhere after the road was cleansed."
Explaining the firing from India, he says, "Our civilians and the army had suffered a lot on the 6 and 14 Northern Light Infantry." Many people were killed here. "
Gul Sher says that the people of Gilgit are accustomed to the cold, but even then when the Indian army's firing started affecting the Pakistani military's logistics, blockade was done by India.
He remembers that due to lack of logistics it was difficult for the soldiers to stay on mountains for several weeks and to fight. There was a time when Gul Tsar and his colleagues did not get anything to eat for two days.
He explains, "We had captured a few feet above the Rashid post, in the night, we used to take water and food on the other side.In the night when the firing was stopped, Taking thirty kilos of food, they used to take food near the soldiers crawling on the snow-covered mountains. "
After this, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, agreed on 4 July after the international pressures to withdraw the Pakistani army from India-administered Kashmir.
Gul Lion still expresses regrets on the decision to withdraw troops from political leadership and believes that this decision has caused huge loss to Pakistan. They estimate that about 1,000 soldiers were killed in armed conflict.
He said, "Our intentions were good and we believed that we would reach Srinagar but it was our misfortune that Pakistan had a lack of resources and the economy was not strong, because of the international pressure, it was imperative to bring the army back."
They deny that Pakistan had refused to accept dead bodies of its soldiers in the war.
"It took a lot of time and resources to bring the bodies back, but the army ensured that no bodies were left." The Northern Light Infantry recovered all the dead bodies and handed them over to the families with full respect. "
The Kargil war began in April 1999 and on July 26, India announced to completely remove Pakistani forces from its territory.
Gul Lion believes that Pakistani officials should have made better plans of the entire operation and they should have seen available resources. Before starting the operation, he should have adequately managed resources.
He says, "I was just a worker. I do not know why this war was fought but still I am always ready in the event of any tragedy or disaster."
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