Siachen tragedy: US rescue team not deployed yet

Published: April 9, 2012

US State Department spokesperson says US standing by to assist. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: The US team sent to assist Pakistan in the Siachen avalanche rescue efforts is still stranded in Islamabad, said US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.

In response to a question at the daily press briefing, Nuland said that the US had sent an eight-member team from Kabul to Islamabad. However, she added, they have not yet been deployed in Siachen but are in talks with the Pakistan’s military on the matter.

“The US is standing by to assist,” she stated.

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Commenting on President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India, the State Department spokesperson said that the US was happy that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had accepted President Zardari’s invitation to visit Pakistan.

She further said that the US hoped that both the countries would continue to progress through bilateral talks.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Apr 10, 2012 - 12:13AM

    What’s taking so long? You were able to come and go in just four hours on 2 May.

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  • Aamir
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:17AM

    “US ‘happy’ on Zardari’s India visit”…..not surprised at all because he is fulfilling US agenda.

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  • Sky
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:13AM

    It’s too late. Who can survive -70 under ice for three days. Not humans.

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  • You Said It
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:52AM

    US team sent to assist Pakistan in the Siachen avalanche rescue efforts is still in stranded in Islamabad

    This is irresponsible. The Army should have done all it can to attempt rescue of the soldiers. It is unforgiveable that our ghairat got in the way of accepting US expertise that could have helped save lives.

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 3:58AM

    Good. It was against ghairat!

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:50AM

    Dr M. SIngh offered help in rescue and his help was declined and as per the headline US rescue team not deployed yet? May be Dr Singh’s offer was declined because he offered help in terms of real living professional people and not in dollars. The million dollar quesrtion: Is US obligated to deploy team for every disaster in Pakistan? On one heand by blocking NATO route and support to non state actors Pakistan is trying to make sure that US is defeated in Afghanistan and she claims to be a nuclear power nation than on the other hand expect other nations to help for every little tragedy or natural disaster.

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  • Basit
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:30AM

    Too little, too late America. Go back home and take your NATO with you.

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  • Anjum Hameed
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:17AM

    I wouldnt want the US team there either..not for ghairat, but for security..but I would want the Swiss or German teams on my side..

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  • Hassan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:36AM

    They’re not interested in helping. Send them back.

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  • Noor M
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:38AM

    US will never help Pakistan, we’ve seen so many times, and

    if US is happy for the President’s visit, BE READY FOR A BIG TROUBLE!

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  • Noor M
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Even for deployment of US Helicopters during Earthquake, they charged millions of dollars, debited against their declared aid package.

    All publicity stunts!

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  • Observer
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Such an ungrateful people!

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:22AM

    No thanks USA. No help needed from the terrorist govt.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:10PM

    @Afghan Karachiite:

    What’s taking so long? You were able
    to come and go in just four hours on 2
    May.

    Because, that was preceded by months of meticulous planning.

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  • Brig (R) Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq, MBBS, PhD, DpBact (Manchester), FCPS (Pak), FRCath (London), FRCP Edinburgh
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:58PM

    We welcome all those who want to help us. With little hope for survuval of the victims, we must appreciate those who show a gesture of goodwill at the time of calamity and disaster. Weather is too harsh to allow the smooth functioning of workers. I know the terrain and prevailing harsh conditions. The world must review the situation with passion and sympathy. The tensions must end and peace be returned as it was before 1984, on those lifelss peaks of the world. There must eb a long term solution.

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  • Zakir
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Where is our all weather friend China when we need them?

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