India-Pakistan: July 25, 1999



The Drass district has been cleared of Islamic militants, resulting in over fifty casualties to the troops involved.

July 24; Three peaks on Indian side of the Line of Control are still occupied by Islamic militants and/or Pakistani troops.

July 23; Slowed by hundreds of landmines planted by Islamic militants, and dozens of militants who are still on the Indian side of the Line of Control, Indian troops have yet to reach the Line of Control at all points. India also reported that a Pakistani helicopter had crossed the Line of Control.

July 21; India admitted that it had made mistakes before and during it's recent campaign in Kashmir. Reconnaissance along the Line of Control was obviously inadequate, as it appears that the Islamic militants took up their positions months before the Indians detected their presence. There was also a lack of modern equipment, particularly special clothing and transport, for operations at high altitudes.

July 19; Pakistan announced that India has attacked army positions on the disputed Siachen glacier. Pakistan said the attacks were repulsed and 18 Indian troops were killed. India reported that some Islamic militants were still holding out on, or just inside the Indian side of the Line of Control, in nine different locations.

July 18; India announced that all of the Islamic militant troops were out of Indian territory.

July 17: Pakistan accepted the bodies of two Pakistani army officers killed in Indian Kashmir, this after denying that any Pakistani army troops were operating there. Previously, Pakistan had refused to accept the bodies of Pakistani soldiers killed in  Indian Kashmir. In these cases, Moslem chaplains of the Indian army performed funeral rights for the dead soldiers as the Pakistani troops were buried in Indian territory. India stated that the deadline for the withdrawal of Islamic militant troops from Indian Kashmir had passed and any militants found in Indian territory would be killed on sight. Pakistan announced that the withdrawal was almost complete.


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