Eyeball to eyeball

For Pakistan, Kargil may be a calculated miscalculation. India has to mask its initial intelligence failure by regaining the peaks regardless of heavy casualties. Both sides need a face-saving way out.

Since early May there has been a see-saw military, political and diplomatic struggle between the two Subcontinental protagonists, Pakistan and India. Islamabad's position has been that the guerrillas who have captured the heights overlooking the Drass-Kargil-Leh road, are Kashmiri freedom fighters struggling for their long-denied right of self-determination. New Delhi, on the other hand, accused Pakistan of sending regular army troops along with the mujahideen to take control of these strategic heights.

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