Today, two of India’s biggest enemies would have been dead if India had broken rules of war during a battle with enemies. It was on June 24, 1999 during the Kargil War when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Army chief General Pervez Musharraf were almost bombed by the Indian fighter jets.
Indian Air Force officers who were holding senior positions during the Kargil war said that a flight commander was tasked to bomb Point 4388 in Kargil but he miscalculated the location and aimed at a Pakistani military base in Gulteri through a cockpit laser designation system (CLDS). According Pakistani media report, dated on June 25, 1999, Nawaz Shariff visited Gulteri to address his troops to difues the war-like situation along the LoC. So when Gulteri was the target of the Indian Fighter plane “Jaguar”, Nawaz Sharif and Pervez Musharraf were present in the Gulteri military base.
Jaguar pilot first “lased over” the area using the CLDS while a second Jaguar was to drop the bomb on the target coming in the pre-designated path identified by the first one. “Lasing” refers to locking in on the coordinates of a target. Such a protocol of using two fighter jets was used then as only trainer Jaguars had the CLDS system.
“At around 8:45 AM the Jaguar was about to hit the target but I denied because I was suspicious about the target. Later I got confirmed that it was Gulteri. Later I called the pilot and said that the target was a big military camp”. This was said by the then senior officer in the Western Air Command, Retired Air Marshal A K Singh. He was airborne when the two jaguars went for the operation.
The Indian forces had clear order from the government not to cross Indian borders. The bomb was then dropped on the Indian side of the LoC. But it should be also noted that Indians were not aware of the presence of Musharaf and Shariff’s at that base.
Gulteri, also called Gultari, a forward administrative base of the Pakistan Army, was at the forefront of providing logistics support to Pakistani soldiers during the Kargil War.