Avalanche traps 135 people near Siachen, rescue operation underway

Published: April 7, 2012

Rescue teams headed to scene: army spokesman. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: At least 135 people, including 124 servicemen and 11 civilians, went missing early Saturday after an avalanche hit them at Gayari sector near Siachen Glacier, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. 

The incident occurred at about 6am at an altitude of about 16,000 feet (4 876.8 meters) and 180 miles northeast of Skardu the capital of Baltistan.

Troops with sniffer dogs, aided by helicopters, were frantically trying to find signs of life in the deep snow after the avalanche engulfed the camp in mountainous Gayari, Siachen, in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Heavy machinery has been flown in from Rawalpindi.

A team of doctors and paramedics also rushed to the high-altitude militarised region, which is close to the de facto border with India and where temperatures plummet to minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94F).

“More than 100 soldiers of NLI (Northern Light Infantry) including a colonel were trapped when the avalanche hit a military camp,” army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP.

He later added that despite hours of searching and contrary to local media reports, no bodies or survivors had been found. An ISPR release also revised the figure to 135 trapped.

“It’s too early to say anything,” he replied when asked about the chances of finding anyone alive after more than 12 hours. “The rescue operation is under way.”

List of names of all those buried under the snow can be found here.

ISPR has provided the following helpline numbers from where relatives of the buried soldiers can inquire about updates:

051-50932040, 051-5590212, 0321-5136525

President, Prime Minister express sorrow, regret

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed deep sorrow and regret over the “unfortunate snow slide” near Siachen.

A statement from the prime minister says that he is in constant contact with the concerned authorities regarding the rescue operation and has said that the incident will not undermine high morale of the soldiers and officers.

President Asif Ali Zardari has also expressed concern over the incident and prayed for the soldiers’ early recovery.

Zardari has directed concerned authorities to expedite the rescue and relief operation to save the lives of those stranded in the snow, adding that all possible options and facilities should be utilised for their safe recovery, including  full cooperation and assistance from the civil administration

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has also expressed sorrow over the incident and has asked the nation to pray for the soldiers.

List of names of those buried can be found here.

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Reader Comments (184)

  • munna
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:39AM

    According to washington post it is 130 soldiers.

    Yahudi conspiracy.

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  • osama
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:42AM

    OH ALLAH ALMIGHTY please help rescue teams to save all our soldiers who have trapped there…

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  • Observer Eye
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:49AM

    Prayers!

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  • Guy
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Please pray for their lives… According weather forecast it is going to snow later today :(

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  • Sohaib
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:57AM

    May Allah have mercy on the innocent souls. Ameen.

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  • Nadeem
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:58AM

    May Allah protect the lives of these brave sons of our soil, Ameen.

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  • Vaqar - UK
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:59AM

    May Allah in his bountiful mercy help those buried and their families.

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  • Syed
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Ya Allah Madad!

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  • Hairaan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:02PM

    May God help our soldiers. Ameen

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  • Faesal
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:02PM

    That’s Terrible, I pray for the fast and quick rescue.

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  • SAB Sohail
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:03PM

    God bless sons of the soil Amen!

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Let’s make SIACHEN a place of PEACE…….let’s not put our brave young men in these terrible places. Wish sense prevails between India & Pakistan.

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  • Z
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:15PM

    munna,

    unbelievable. 130 souls are trapped and you are pulling the Nadeem Paracha’s patronizing meme here. how more heartless can you guys be?

    The men sacrificed everything for this land. My utmost gratitude to these men.

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  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:16PM

    Ya Allah rehem kara.. :’(

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  • malik
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:21PM

    I am hundred percent sure this avalanche has been triggered by Indians using latest technology. Previously, they used to engineer earthquakes and floods and now they have resorted to avalanches.

    They may be superior to us in science and technology, but they should not use their technological prowess for creating disasters.

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  • Paindoo
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:24PM

    May Allah bless them all.

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  • ashok
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Seek help across the border during such natural disaster.

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  • maryam
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:27PM

    They are sitting at 30,000 feet glaciers for us, pray for them that they go back and see their families alive.
    Ameen

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  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:28PM

    May ALLAH SWT save you all, Aameen! We love you!

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  • Yoda
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:31PM

    @munna: Levity in the face of such tragedy is highly inappropriate. You don’t get medals for indifference.

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  • MarkH
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:32PM

    I wonder how deep under they are and how the headquarters was built. But, if it can house over 100 soldiers and its built for use only by the military with its biggest concerns in mind I’d have to imagine the thing is sturdy enough to offer a fair amount of hope.

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  • HH
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Let us pray for their safe rescue and then devote ourselves to finding a way to withdraw them from that frozen battlefield.

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  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Ya Allah rehem kare please. Praying for a hour for them

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Very sad.

    Its important that Pakistan accepts the present positions and then both India and Pakistan can remove their soldiers from that are and save many valuable lives.

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  • Ali Chaudhary
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:40PM

    May Allah help the response team in rescuing them!

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  • Faesal
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:43PM

    These men are truly brave sons of the soil. Protecting the nation in such killing weather. I pray from bottom of my heart that they come back home safe. Recommend

  • Mj
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:45PM

    I hope they make it out alive.

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  • adam
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:50PM

    I hope everything will fine. The soliders are trained for this and they know how to make their way out. They are just trapped not burried.

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  • Uzair Javaid
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:54PM

    Allah please bless those who are martyred with paradise and those who are still alive to be rescued as early as possible.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:00PM

    I hope these guys get rescued in time. I also hope that people here don’t start blaming this on HAARP.

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  • ashok
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:02PM

    A soldier irrespective of the country he serves should be respected for his willingness to sacrifice and any loss of life whether indian or otherwise is always painful and sorrowful.

    I hope and wish Indian soldiers nearby are safe and if approached, willing to help in the rescue operations to save Pakistani soldiers.

    Hope all of our sane pakistani friends understand this and do something to effectuate a peaceful withdrawal of soldiers from both countries.

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  • Naeem
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Let us pray for their safe rescue and then devote ourselves to finding a way to withdraw them from that frozen battlefield. Aameen…..

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  • Usman Ahmad
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:16PM

    @bruteforce
    Thanks, but no thanks

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  • Baba Ji
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:17PM

    May Allah help them …
    What a waste of human life, resources and effort to keep Siachin issue alive !!!
    Can’t both sides sit together and decide once for all to get out of this egoistic idiocy …

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 1:18PM

    Allah will help them

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  • moeed
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:19PM

    YA ALLAH MADAD

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  • Zabandraz
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:19PM

    All we can do is pray to Almighty Allah for those brave soldiers and officers.!!!!Hope they are rescued!!!

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  • Omar Mohsin Khan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:22PM

    In this hour of crisis the Awam should lend hand to our Army Physically and Monetarily so they don’t have to look at US or China for any type of help. Pakistani’s have the will and determination to charter any type of equipment our soldiers need.

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  • s
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:35PM

    Ya ALLAH reham.

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  • Sajid
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:49PM

    pakistani soldiers, titel suggest i am reading a foreign newspaper

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 1:51PM

    @munna:
    Its time for PRAYERS
    May Allah keep them safe.Recommend

  • unbeliever
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:59PM

    i hope the rescue team reaches at the earliest and may all of them be saved, safe and sound.Recommend

  • rohit
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:07PM

    @Pakistani Agnostic:

    agnostic praying really? do u know what agnostic means

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:22PM

    I think India should send all the help in rescuing the soldiers.

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  • anony
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:31PM

    People being sarcastic about conspiracies…. get some new material to make you sound funny. Its getting pretty old now..

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  • Mairaj
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:33PM

    May Allah free them from this hardship or give them the highest place in Heavens . Ameen

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Is it some kind of storm or what? so sad news

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  • india
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:53PM

    This is a sad news..I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family members of these brave soldiers.

    Lat time when Indian soldiers were killed in avalanches many pakistani frnds were feeling happy by calling it a god’s reply. I hope this time some sense would prevail..

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  • Farhan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Heart breaking news. I hope rescue operations will save precious lives. Salute to the brave soldiers.

    Pakistan and India should end this madness and pull back their forces from Siachen.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 2:59PM

    Shaheed ki jo moot ha wo qum ke hayat ha. My God rescue them safe

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 3:05PM

    @Sajid:
    It is a reproduction from Reuters, read first before judging others.

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  • Max
    Apr 7, 2012 - 3:09PM

    My thoughts are with them.

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  • Not me
    Apr 7, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Let the whole nation pray for these brave sons of soil

    Let some one create a fund for families of the brave sons of soil.

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  • antony
    Apr 7, 2012 - 3:34PM

    @usman , if you think both pakistani soldiers and indian soldiers should be condemned to these harsh weather without any peaceful proposal then so be it .I would always advocate peace as dying without any reason by brave soldiers whether indians or pakistanis is sad!.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 3:54PM

    no body deserves to die an unfortunate death like this. i hope they are safe and rescuers find them alive.
    i also think that if india can then it should help as well.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 4:13PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    Agree

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid, Karachi, Pakistan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:15PM

    Very sad news!
    This senseless conflict has taken thousands of lives already.
    May Allah bestow His Mercy on the effected.

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  • Hindustan Ki Shakti
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:24PM

    thats terrible. may god save these lives.

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  • major-ji
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:27PM

    In classical term avalanche hit causes burial of bodies in the snow. A heap like mountain of snow slips from height and moves downwards. Reason could be temperature or any other cause. Every thing enroute is buried in the mountian of snow. Further since it moves with speed and force, as such things coming undersneath also scater. I can say out of experience having served in the area only some miracle or prayers can now save the burried soldiers. God Almighty has all the power and craft to save the unfortunate souls. Let us pray from them.

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  • vasan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Sad news. My condolences to the family members of bereaved.

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  • Sapan Kapoor
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Just on the eve of President Zardari’s visit to India, more than 100 Pak soldiers have been buried alive at the Siachen Glacier, when an avalanche smashed into their camp. The fact is more soldiers have died from the harsh weather than in combat on the glacier from either side besides costing the poverty-stricken countries many millions of dollars each year. Isn’t it time when both the countries at least resolved the Siachen issue before more innocent lives are lost? It’s a God-gifted golden opportunity for both the leaders. They must take an humanitarian view of the situation and resolve the issue once and for all during their meeting in New Delhi, for they might not get such opportunity again.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:42PM

    While I hope and pray for safety of Pakistani soldiers, I am very impressed by comments by Indians on this forum. I really appreciate them. If we have more people like these, we have hope.

    It is almost insanity that while India/Pakistan both doing so bad on many of human development indexes, they are wasting so much money and resources fighting a useless war on Siachen.

    PEACE !!!

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  • Muntazir Mehdi
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:47PM

    May GOD save them, and rest their soul in peace who got SHAHADAT.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Ya Allah! Madad

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  • GS
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:52PM

    @malik: Indians are also saddened by the event. We do not wish bad things to happen. May sense prevail and both armies leave the glacier which has taken so many lives.

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  • Faesal
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:54PM

    @india:
    We don’t celebrate deaths even of the enemy. One of emotional people may say things but that doesn’t mean entire nation is letting off fireworks!

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 4:54PM

    My heart felt condolances to the family and friends of dead soldiers. Soldiers always die unsung and unnoticed, sacrificing their lives for their nation. May God grant their souls eternal peace peace. May God give strength to their near and dear to bear this irreparable loss.

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  • Gilgit-Baltistan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:55PM

    They are from Northern Light infantry (NLI) Gilgit-Baltistan, not Pakistan Army. May God saves them :-(

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  • Shabber Abbas
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Hmm and this had to happen the same time Zardari is going to India? Sounds like this might have been an act of sabotage :P – b/c w/o a storm or earthquake or other unnatural event, I’m sure both sides are quiet well trained and educated about how to position themselves in areas where the risk of an avalanche is very low. I’m very suspicious about all of this to be frank! Bal Thakarey made a comment yesterday kind of hinting of a threat so you never know, he might have been delivering a message from someone else.

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  • hasan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 4:57PM

    may Allah protect all our soliders and help them….

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Yes, may God keep them safe.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 5:03PM

    @malik: Do you sincerely believe that God has granted such magical powers to India that ”
    “this avalanche has been triggered by Indians using latest technology. Previously, they used to engineer earthquakes and floods and now they have resorted to avalanches.”
    Please in this hour of great tragedy let us pray for their safety and not spread hatred.

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  • Talha Shahzad
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:04PM

    they r the real makers of this country.Allah will definitely help them!!!!

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  • ashfaq ahmad
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:04PM

    o.ALLAH miracally save our soldiers and give courage to rescuers… next hopes for betterment ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 5:09PM

    AOA, dear friends/viewers Pray for our soldiers and rescue team. me and my family Prayers are with them.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:16PM

    Realy very tragic incidence. India should extend help in rescue operation.
    It is very expensive adventure to maintain army on such location but the streategic importace of the area force us to be there ,but for Pakistan it is just a misadventure and waste of life. I hope now Pakistan will realize it .

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  • Babloo
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Ask india for help and if it has the equipment , Indian army would surely help.

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:01PM

    Very sad to hear of the tragic event.

    Why is everybody avoiding the truth – the avalanche was caused by unreported Indian activity in the region. On the first of this month the World Meteorological Center in Benn reported normal ground activity with a zero danger reading. They make very careful measurements and their predictions in the last 16 years have never been wrong.

    Then four days ago, India moved their soldiers in the region without informing Pakistan, as they required by the Treaty of Wular! Why is that not being highlighted by liberal Pakistani media?

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:06PM

    India can “help” by leaving the region to whom it belongs – Pakistan and to people of Siachi

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  • www
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @munna:

    not an appropriate time/place for sarcasm

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:10PM

    Our best and bravest have proven once again that they are our real heroes. God bless them..

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  • ProudPakistani
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:16PM

    May ALLAH keep all the buried soldiers under His mercy & may all of them come out safely..Salam to the brave souls who are there to ensure our safety…
    Proud of such army..
    Proud being a Pakistani..!!

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  • Aadi Virgo
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:18PM

    O God plz mercy…

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  • siddique
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:21PM

    God bless all

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  • Bloch
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:42PM

    May Allah protect our soldiers. May Allah protect them and our rescue efforts bring some fruit.

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  • Fajar Ali Khan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:57PM

    May God help us. This is a great tragedy. Rescue work is on but this is big catastrophic incident. Siachen has become the bleeding would for both the forces. The issue should be settled between Pakistan and India. From both side hundred of soldiers have already been crippled because of frost bite and billions of dollars are being spent for nothing.

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  • usmanx
    Apr 7, 2012 - 6:57PM

    These men were DEFENDING our territory from an encroaching enemy. These are the true wagers of jihad not terrorists that kill civilians.

    My brothers 180 million people pray for you.

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  • proud indian
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:01PM

    indian army plz help if they seek! I pray 4 their safety.

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  • Ammar
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:18PM

    May Allah Help Them

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 7:19PM

    My heart cries for the deceased soldiers. After all, they were sons, brothers, fathers and husbands of their beloved ones who would have been counting their deployment days on fingers and expecting them to return safe. May God rest them in peace. :-(

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  • Faesal
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Go to Times of India link below and see their top comments. That’s their real feelings. Don’t be folled by their crocodile sympathies

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/opinions/12569720.cms?commenttype=agree&sorttype=bycount

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  • Ashutosh
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Those who seek peace at Siachin, I will like to remind them of Kargil.
    .
    Also, who Pakistani Army treated the Captain Saurabh Kalia and five other brave Indian Army Soldiers. For those who may have interest may refer to the link below:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saurabh_Kalia
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    What I mean to say is that India has no option but be ready to loose our brave men as the enemy is no less than Pakistan !
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    Trade, friendship is fine but Indians should never lower their guard ever ..else … as they call it … those who don’t learn from History are doomed to repeat it …Recommend

  • ashok
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @kaalchakra: wrote “Why is everybody avoiding the truth – the avalanche was caused by unreported Indian activity in the region”

    If what you are telling is the truth (though an impossible task from those who believe in Conspiracy Theory) then Pakistan adventure in Siachin is doomed.

    Shame on you when the entire subcontinent is praying for the lives of the soldiers, you are sowing the seed of hatred with your posts.Recommend

  • Hasan Khalid
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:42PM

    My dad has served in exactly, the same place, and he said that the conditions are extreme and there is unfortunately, small chance of survival :(
    But may the soldiers survive miraculously. Thoughts with their families :)

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  • Concerned
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Siachin could have become a no occupation zone for both armies but for the Kargil occupation by Pak army which resulted in trust deficit in the minds of Indian top brass who are against this option and both armies continue to suffer in this in-hospitable terrain.

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  • American Desi
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:05PM

    @malik: Please pull your head from your behind! Indian’s are not that powerful. Balming someone else won’t decrease your misery. Best course of action is to have peace and understanding with your neighbors not proxy fight!

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  • like or Not
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:08PM

    This is a tragic incident ….But This is as a whole occupied land . Pak has illegally occupied G-B and POK . This small incident should n’t deter paki soldiers . Lots more are yet to come…

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  • antony
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:12PM

    @kaalchakra, you are starting again to ask indians to leave siachen when the news is pakistani soldiers are trapped in those harsh weather ?! ..Why would India leave just think from opponent’s view point . If both parties claim it is theirs .. Let me bring the actual solution which can work . Let pakistani army give it in writing the position they are holding in map and agree not to cross it at any time and Indian army will reciprocate and go home . Indian army fear is a repeat of Kargil like intrusion and worse if chinese are invited by pakistani army and ceded territory to chinese! ..Hope you would know as a precaution any careful army would hold on to their positions when they have sacrificied so much men there! .At the end it all comes to peaceful coexistence if somebody from your side listen!

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  • usmanx
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:17PM
  • Tamoor
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Shaheed kabi marta nai …Pak Army tuge salam

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  • Ash
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:30PM

    @maryam:
    They are @16000 feet. 30,000 feet is the altitude of planes.

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  • OldPak
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @ashok: I like the "sane" word in your post. Sorry, I can't be funny at this moment but only to pray for the best skills, life saving tool and precaution are available to both side of the deadly border in the worst of winter.

    Avalanche are very unpredictable, any light sound or slight movement can trigger them. The Ice accumulate on you in a matter of seconds characterized as “wet concrete” by survivors. New trained dogs can smell the victims several feet deep in the snow, quick digging and air supply is crucial for victim’s survival. Ten or more feet long fiberglass thin rods are poked in the packed snow to find bodies. Finding 130-150 men is lots & lots of hard work believe me! My Prayers for them!

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:47PM

    @Kaalchakra , Will you like to conduct plebiscite there in Siachen .

    We are still there to help you, if needed .

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  • Akhtar
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:58PM

    All this is happening because of the wrath of Allah on the Army for siding with the kuffa’r. May Allah, the merciful open the eyes & show them the true path. All the army is capable of killing our own for money & not a war against the real enemies had they won. Our brothers & sisters are in the jail while they let go Raymond Davis. Allah, the merciful is upset.

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  • sandeep limaye
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:59PM

    @faesal
    you have given the link of times of India
    and times of India comment section is free for all and express tribune have very sensible people who edit comments to keep it sober. if express tribune will also follow policy of free for all i think there is no dearth of people in Pakistan who will spew venom on net. in hating us you are not weaker then us we hate each other with same intensity.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Condolenses and prayers for the deceased.
    On Siachen, the solution is simple. If Pakistan could authenticate the Line of Control in Kashmir and pledge to respect it after 1971 war ( that pledge was violated by Pakistan in kARGIL ) , why not do the same in Siachen ? The Siachen problem happened because after 1971 war, India and Pakistan did not demark the line of control in Siachen. All India is asking is Pakistan and India authenticate each others actual ground position and control as its today and then vacate the glacier. In absence of mutually agreed authentication, anathor Siachen could happen again. The cost on both the countries is great and Pakistan should be mindful that just because of the size of its economy, India’s ability to sustain the exoense may be higher than that of Pakistan. So please do the intelligent and wise thing.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 9:07PM

    @kaalchakra:
    People are dying and you are ranting!

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:16PM

    The especial avalanch jaket through an exothermic chemical reaction can make a water pool around the burried body for about two hours .if dogs detect them within this time then the unfortunate will turn fortunate ,otherwise ……… Sorry.

    God help them

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  • Yash
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:16PM

    @Faesal:

    dude…on times of india….go to any article and read the comments….u ll only get negativity…..times of india survives on sensationalism…so dont bother much…..dont generalise by saying that all indians showing crocodile tears….

    @topic…..hope those soldiers hav the will to survive till they are rescued…

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  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:22PM

    May Allah give them a second life and they all be recovered alive soon. Aameen.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:38PM

    Even nature is not happy with Pakistan Army role in war on terror.

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  • harish
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:55PM

    5 months ago, when 10 indian soldiers were killed pakistanis here were celebrating! Inspite of it indians are not rubbing it on them now.

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  • ravi
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:12PM

    some time bfore here in maharastra in local marathi channel reality show , there was a lady named Kapadia – she has lost her only Army man son lost avalanche at that time. According to her study she told that there are more solders die in these kind of accidents than in war or direct confrontation of pak – india.
    hope allah give good sense to both nations and save innocent life and untimely deaths

    ravindra k nagare
    nashik
    maharasthra , india

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  • Rakib
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:16PM

    One wonders why such a large number of troops. Normally not more than 20/25 are stationed in avalanche prone areas.If 150 are trapped, actual number of troops must be much higher. Such heavy movements point to some unusual activity. Let us hope & pray that the maximum possible are rescued.

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  • Mahwish Rahman
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:20PM

    realy itx heart breaking news!!
    may ALLAH keep them save…AAMEEN
    Rescue operation will b ending soon…wth successfully..AAMEEN

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  • adam
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:24PM

    These natural hazards did not segregated who belongs to which community, rank or cast. These dear soldiers suffer with the hope to make our homes safer, but poor we, fighting everday like cats and dogs.

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  • Apr 7, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Suberdar Bana Singh

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  • munna
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:41PM

    @kaalchakra:
    Pakistan can leave occupied Kashmir as per UN resolution…

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  • Always Yes
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:43PM

    It is not “Gayari” mountain , It is “Gayatri” mountain . I had idea that Paki education system has biased towards Hindu culture of subcontinent , But it is Media too….good, keep it up

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  • Ammar
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:47PM

    brings tears in my eye ;(

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  • Sahibzada Shabir
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:47PM

    Presence of army at Siachin shows the bravery of our soldiers and stupidy of our corrupt political leader,

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  • munna
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:49PM

    @Adnan:
    Great comment

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  • Mr. Toojik
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:53PM

    —–Sorrowful news of all of us!!!!!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:55PM

    @harish:
    Pls don’t make general comments. Pakistanis were not celebrating. This is a sad event and we hope this doesn’t happen to our neighbors either because after all they are doing their jobs on both side of the border. Peace. And I pray they come out of this alive.

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  • Ali
    Apr 7, 2012 - 10:57PM

    May Allah help them.. They are our soldiers which were performing their duties for all Pakistanis.. May Allah give them place in heaven.. Aameen

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:00PM

    @harish:
    Please don’t make generic statements. Pakistanis were not celebrating. Soldiers on both sides of the border are serving their countries and we Pakistanis don’t wish this happens to anyone. They have families as well so don’t be insensitive.

    Pakistanis – this is not the forum where u start blaming. So pleaaaase.

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  • Umer
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:16PM

    @Adnan:

    Even nature is not happy with Pakistan
    Army role in war on terror.

    Was nature happy with the Jihadis killed in Kashmir earthquake? Pretty pathetic argument.

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  • Concerned
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:28PM

    I hope that our soldiers are rescued and make it out alive.

    This is a warning sign, that global warming is real and endangers all of us, Indian or Pakistani. I hope that the relevant departments in both countries take note of this event, study the reasons for the avalanche and make relevant preparations to ensure the safety of other troops in the region.

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  • Sheikh Mushtaq
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Sir i have a request tht one of my family relative named ……ilyas belong from Kashmir bagh pukdar gulsher His Father name Muhammad Kareem …..Unit number 6nli…..was in siechen…so its my humble request to contact me its urgnt my number is 03008333122….

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  • Shahid Aziz
    Apr 7, 2012 - 11:45PM

    These brave soldiers were up there to protect boundaries of Pakistan, our prayers are with them and their brave families. May Allah will help these soldiers of islam and Pakistan. Ameen

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  • harish
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:08AM

    @Shahid Aziz:
    you need to save pakistan from yourself first, then think about ‘defending boundaries’.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:12AM

    @Umer:

    Quite quite less pathetic blasphemous comments you often make against Islam on this forum and others.

    Was nature happy with the Jihadis killed in Kashmir earthquake? Pretty pathetic argument.

    Every Muslim is a Jihadi by blood other than hypocrites and muslim by names. Coming to the questions, Ironically it were Jihadis who helped out those who died in Earthquake, even liberal Musharraf admitted that.

    Brush up your knowledge before making any comments on Internet forums to avoid any public embarrassment.

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  • Ammar Shafique
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Salute to my brave brothers!!Recommend

  • UMAIR_UL_HASSAN
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:20AM

    May Allah free them from this hardship or give them the highest place in Heavens . Ameen

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  • Cynical
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Allah is on our side.He will certainly pull out some miracle.Pray for the soldiers and their family.

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  • Apr 8, 2012 - 12:47AM

    thats realy sad…these soilders always paying for us and for this country…
    but what we can do? just PRAY……………….!!!
    hats off for all of you…

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  • sana
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:49AM

    Salute and pray 4 their safe rescue.May Allah keep them safe and help them out.Offer everyone 2 rakat salat hajat and pry 4 them
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  • Khalid Aziz Chaudhary
    Apr 8, 2012 - 12:50AM

    What an unfortunate incident, my heart goes with the families of soldiers n civilians involved and I do pray that we find them safe n sound. How long soldiers on both sides will keep on sitting n fighting on these himalayan heights? Its time for both sides to resolve the issue through negotiations. It will be a very good confidence building measure to further warm the improving relations of Pakistan and India.

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  • kabir
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:02AM

    May Allah Save Our Brave Soldiers

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  • Lt.Col(retd) Hamid Usman Chowdhury
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:20AM

    Why do so many of these Indians comment in a Pak newspaper? It seems some of them are obsessed with Pakistan, though there are more than enough topics for them at home!

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  • radiha
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:24AM

    @ashok:
    i so very much agree with you ashok and really appreciate the sane recommendation of peaceful withdrawal and strongly support the same….

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  • Sana
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:29AM

    @Sheikh Mushtaq:
    Sheikh! I don’t know the number but emergency contact numbers for information were coming on news channels. Check them out.

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  • Umer
    Apr 8, 2012 - 1:49AM

    @Adnan:

    Ironically it were Jihadis who helped
    out those who died in Earthquake, even
    liberal Musharraf admitted that.

    The whole world had come to the rescue including US choppers who spent week saving lives. I don’t recall any Jihadi rescue choppers in the area. Jihadis were primarily helping their own comrades in the area as Balakot the Jihad Central was completely destroyed by nature. That was big hint from nature.

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  • Mubashir Inayet
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Let this incident be a cause for both countries to rethink Siachin. It is a madness to create a front line in that kind of territory. Nobody gains anything except there are more deaths due to inclement weather and terrain rather combat.

    Are we both exceptionally emotional nation or what?

    Time to come to our senses and reach an agreement to pull back troops for ever.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:14AM

    My friend considers this incident a possible HAARP experiment.

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  • Basit
    Apr 8, 2012 - 2:25AM

    And yet India refuses Pakistan’s proposal to vacate Siachen.

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  • Pk
    Apr 8, 2012 - 3:49AM

    Our soldiers are sacrificing their lives for this country. All the politicians are destroying this country. May Allah protect this country.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 8, 2012 - 4:35AM

    @kaalchakra:

    “the avalanche was caused by unreported Indian activity in the region”
    I knew it !! I was sure that some nutter will turn up here trying to exploit the situation.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 8, 2012 - 4:39AM

    @usmanx: The enemy is within you and it’s ugly.

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  • A. Khan
    Apr 8, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Someone should be court martialled for selected an area prone to avalanche as their base. This should be part of risk mitigation in each and every aspect of war planning, including selection of camp sites. If you cannot even select a place safe from natural disasters, then I fear about the capabilities of same planners in actual combat. Bravery cannot overcome stupidity or complacency. And in war, there are no prizes for second place.

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