KARACHI: The recent tragedy that saw 124 soldiers and 11 civilians being buried under an avalanche in Siachen is another reminder to the civil-military authorities of Pakistan and India that the war being fought on the world’s highest battleground is a futile one. More soldiers have lost their lives because of the severe weather conditions that prevail rather than through combat. It is a shame that authorities of both countries still have not learnt any lesson after so many years and continue to fight for uncertain reasons. I appeal to both the countries to stop wasting valuable resources in a futile war, which has taken so many lives.
Syeda Amna Fatima Zaidi
Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2012.