ISLAMABAD - Weeks before hostilities erupted between Pakistani and Indian troops in the Kargil sector in 1999, Gen Pervez Musharraf crossed the Line of Control in a helicopter and spent a night at a location 11 km inside Occupied Kashmir, a former aide to the military ruler has said.

Col (r) Ashfaq Hussain, who was a senior officer in the Pakistan Army's media arm, said Musharraf flew across the LoC on March 28, 1999 and travelled 11 kms.

Musharraf, who was accompanied by Brig Masood Aslam, then commander of 80 Brigade, spent the night at a spot called Zikria Mustaqar.

Musharraf, who was then army chief, returned the next day.

Hussain first made the revelation in his book 'Witness to Blunder: Kargil Story Unfolds', which was published in late 2008. He repeated the assertion on a television talk show on the Kargil episode in the wake of Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz's assertion that the intrusions by Pakistani troops were planned by a group of four generals led by Musharraf.