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    Indian troops envy Pak weaponary, equipment (AFP)

    Indian troops fighting a debilitating high altitude war against seperatists in Kashmir have been shocked by the intruders superior weaponary and relatively luxurious rations. "They have biscuits and choclates and even British cigarettes," said Brig. Amar Aul, India's military commander for the battle zone of drass. Aul said the rations had been found frequently in mountain top bunkers and camps captured from the fighters in Indian assaults.
    Indian front line troops carry composite rations comprising pre cooked bland food that often freezes at high altitude. "Soldiers here often go hungry or thirsty as the food freezes solid and the snow on the peaks is laced with cordite from exploded shells so cannot be melted for water," a soldier said. "We love to eat and drink Pakistani rations whenever we find them" he said, showing a pack of low nicotine Rothmans cigarettes and a packet of cream biscuits he had brought down from a recaptured peak.
    Indian soldiers also complain that while their suiting is unsuited for mountain warfare, the seperatists have thermal suits and the same tents that are used by top mountaineers.
    "Some of the peaks are under several feet of snow and it's a tough task getting along on foot" said a lieutenant colonel from the Rajasthan Rifles. "On the other hand, the Pakistanis have snowmobiles, expensive skis, fur lined gloves and snow goggles," he said. Military physician Maj. A.R. Basu said an initial lack of specialized equipment had resulted in numerous cases of frostbite and snow blindness among Indian soldiers during the early part of the offensive. "Now the soldiers are getting some stuff for high altitude conditions," Basu said.
    Former Indian army chief Vishwanath Sharma said official indifference was to blame for the shoddy equipment supplied to troops fighting at high altitudes. "How can our personnel fight when they are not given proper boots for this kind of terrain," Sharma said. A government attempt to import 50,000 pairs of snow boots last month proved futile as none of the overseas dealers of specialized military products held such large stocks.
    Soldiers also say a new 5.56mm carbine recently issued does not carry the punch of the AK-56 and other rifles used by the infiltrators. "We often use weapons and ammunition captured from the enemy because some of them are really top of the shelf," said one major of an elite paratrooper brigade. (AFP)


    #2
    And to think Pakistan is ready to supply top class weaponry to terrorists even while it is unable to feed it's citizens!
    Simple ain't easy.

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      #3
      Talking about feeding its own people, remember people living in glass houses should not throw stones at others. Visit the streets of Calcutta or Bombay and the truth will emerge.

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        #4
        ya but news item says that India is not giving top class weaponary to soldiers. so queer is consistent.

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          #5
          The heights of mountains in Chechnya is not even 1/10th of Kargil. Russian troops have not got Chechnya yet. As 'Washington Post' described.in one of the kost difficult soldiering operations in the world at height of 15000+feets, India was able to turn back tables on the Pakistani troops which violated a pact signed two tyears ago on withdrawing from post in winter. They were able to take over Drass and Batalic. And eventually all intruders were going to go home or heaven.

          It is of course not a coincidence that Sharief rushed to Clinton begging-bowl-in-hand on the day India recaptured Tiger Hills.

          [This message has been edited by ZZ (edited July 13, 1999).]

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            #6
            stop trying to defend the defeat by mentioning russian defeat. well russians have the same army that lost afghan. mountian don't really to the russian they lost with or without mountian. your using a Lame excuse, & its not working!!!!!!!

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              #7
              Not only Russians, Americans refused to go in mountains of Kosovo (Kosovo and Chechnya are small hillocks compared to Kargil. Herewe are talking about heights of order of 16000 feet.) As far as Pakis is concerned, they lost even in plains of Bengal or mountains of Kargil. Is it not true? Otherwise, what Pakis newspapers described as an 'impossible' job would not have been done so quickly.

              And if u r such great fighter, what stopped u from getting in all out war. It could have been there. India was inching for it. What stopped u?

              Accept defeat gracefully. But pakistani psyche which can not ebven accept defeat in world cup gracefully will not do it.

              [This message has been edited by ZZ (edited July 13, 1999).]

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                #8
                Yup! truth is begining to hot home. Read Pakistani newspapers.

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                  #9
                  Mujahideen didn't lose the war. Only munafiq Nawaz sold out. There is a difference.

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                    #10
                    And the "munafiq" happens to be the Pak. people's representative.
                    Simple ain't easy.

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                      #11
                      More than 70% of the people didn't even bother to vote in the last election. That's how representative Nawaz is of Pakistani people.

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