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Kargil: Army rubbishes Musharraf's claims
September 25, 2006 19:26 IST
The army on Monday rubbished Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's claims that only five battalions (more than 5,000) of regular Pakistani troops were deployed in Kargil incursions in 1999.
"Documents like identity cards, pay books and other identification papers revealed that as many as seven Northern Light Infantry battalions (more than 7,000 troops) of Pakistan had been involved in Kargil operations," a top army official said.
They were supported by Pakistani auxiliary troops, the sources said.
These included 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 12th battalions of the Northern Light infantry, they said.
Besides, army officials said the arms recovered by Indian troops during the battle was an arsenal normally deployed by division-plus (more than 15,000) strength of troops.
Indian army had recovered 249 bodies of which only five were accepted by Pakistan and the total Pakistani casualties of 725 killed included 45 officers and 68 Special Service Group personnel, the officials said.
They said, on the Indian side, only two mountain divisions and two independent brigade strength troops had been used to dislodge Pakistani forces.