When Atal Bihari Vajpayee made Dilip Kumar speak to Nawaz Sharif during Kargil War

During Kargil War 1999, Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar speak to his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to plead to control the situation. The information was revealed in a book titled ‘Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove’ by Former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri. While the incident was narrated to Kasuri by the ex-Principal Secretary Saeed Mehdi. Kasuri writes, “According to Saeed, one day he was sitting with PM Sharif when the telephone bell rang and the ADC informed the PM that the Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee wished to speak with him urgently.”

Vajpayee complained that while he had been received in Lahore with such warmth, Pakistan had wasted no time in occupying Kargil. Sharif said he was not aware of what Vajpayee was saying to him and promised to get back to him after talking to Chief of the Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf.

Dilip Kumar, originally Muhammad Yusuf Khan from Peshawar, Pakistan, is a recipient of Pakistan’s highest civilian award Nishan-e-Imtiaz. According to the book, Dilip Kumar said to Sharif, “Mian Sahib, we did not expect this from you since you have always claimed to be a great supporter of peace between Pakistan and India”. He further added that in case of tension between the two countries it becomes difficult for Muslims in the country. He said, “Let me tell you as an Indian Muslim that in case of tension between Pakistan and India, Indian Muslims become very insecure and they find it difficult to even leave their homes. Please do something to control this situation.”

Kasuri added that he sincerely believes that peace between the two neighbours is possible. He also added that peace between India and Pakistan would have a very positive impact on the minorities in the two countries.

(Inputs from PTI)

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