Kargil Vijay Diwas: When Shoaib Akhtar arrived to fight the war against India

Islamabad: India is celebrating Kargil Vijay Diwas today i.e. on July 26. 23 years ago, the Indian Army chased out the Pakistan in the Kargil war. The Kargil War lasted more than 60 days. This war was named Operation Vijay. In this war, 527 soldiers of India attained gallantry while fighting Pakistan. The game, especially cricket, was not untouched by this war. Many players from both sides had made statements on this. One of these players is former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. He had said on the Pakistani news channel ARY two years ago that he had gone to fight the Kargil war against India twice, but he was not given a chance.

Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as the Rawalpindi Express, said, "No one should doubt my patriotism. Very few people know that at that time I had a contract with Nottingham County Club for £250,000. In 2002, there was an even bigger agreement, but when the Kargil war took place, I left both of them and came to Pakistan," Akhtar said, adding, "I had come and stood in Lahore. The Haji General came with me and said what are you doing here. I said the war was about to begin. If they die, they will die as well. We'll see everyone. The county left the season and came back. I've been to fight twice."

Not only this, but to fight against India, Shoaib Akhtar had also called his friends in Kashmir and asked them to keep their weapons ready. He said "I called my friends in Kashmir that whatever the ready (weapons) are, keep it, I have come. My wife folded her hands and said, "Let it be for God's sake." India's attack took place. There was a lot of damage. I woke up in the morning so I started to feel dizzy. The wife said don't take any tension. I was fighting with people in tension."

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