Siachen day 4: Search operation continues despite weather conditions

Published: April 10, 2012

Handout photograph taken on April 9, 2012, and released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), shows heavy machinery being used to search for avalanche victims. PHOTO: ISPR

Search and rescue operations in Giari continue on the fourth day despite unfavourable weather conditions that have prevented the American, German and Swiss rescue teams from leaving for Skardu, Express News reported.

According to ISPR, a total of 452 persons including 69 civilians are employed for relief efforts.

Two bulldozers, two earth movers, three excavators and two dumpers are working day and night on the site.

Five points have been identified on the site where rescue work is in progress. Two points are being dug with equipment while three points are being dug manually.

American, German and Swiss rescue teams have arrived in Rawalpindi and are waiting for weather clearance to proceed to Giari. A seven-member SPD team is using a life detection kit and thermal imaging cameras for the rescue operation.

HRCP expresses sorrow

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed sorrow over the Siachen tragedy in a statement released here on Tuesday.

Stressing the need to prevent such incidents in future, the statement said that the current situation demands an inquiry into the “conditions in which the soldiers were stationed at the glacier.”

The HRCP also said that there was a need to reflect on the safety measures taken to protect the soldiers posted in Siachen, keeping in “mind the harsh climate and fickle nature of the terrain.”

Sharing grief with the families of 136 avalanche victims, the HRCP said it was unfortunate that both India and Pakistan continue to confront each other at Siachen, despite suffering great losses.

Appreciating the parliamentarians’ stance to resolve the Siachen issue through negotiations, the HRCP said it was important for both the countries to set their priorities right. Urging the governments of India and Pakistan to work towards peace, the statement issued by the HRCP said both the countries should spend their resources on the welfare of their people and not “military upkeep.”

Correction: In an earlier version of the story, one of the foreign rescue teams was incorrectly mentioned as ‘Swedish’ instead of ‘Swiss’. The correction has been made.

Reader Comments (37)

  • Khanum
    Apr 10, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Hearty prayers for their recovery.

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  • Aqua
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Miracle happens…who so ever time is not yet over will be alive InshAllah!

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  • Huma Shah
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:33PM
  • siddique
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:03PM

    God bless all.

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  • zain
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:41PM

    so now we need US and German assistance for these matters as well
    what would they do in war where thing are far more critical ?

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  • atif
    Apr 10, 2012 - 3:50PM

    God bless all

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  • Muhammad Ghalib
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:20PM

    this is all you know that the Siachin glacier is the world’s highest battle ground in the world and is a bone of contention between Pakistan and India.The burial of our esteemed soldiers provided a chance to think again the solution of the problem.To maintain army in minus temperature is neither a work of sensible leadership nor benefit for anyone .Moreover It is burden on both sides.The India must realize the situation and two countries should bring the issue on table and the army of both sides should withdraw not right of self determination.

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:25PM

    If this is latest picture of rescue operation, then I would say there no big way rescue operation going on and report of rescue work exaggerated by ISPR.

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  • Baber
    Apr 10, 2012 - 4:46PM

    May Allah be with the soldiers,those who are trapped n those who are rescuing them…..
    “NASRUM MINALLAHHA WAA FATHAN QAREEEEB “Recommend

  • Aafiyat Nazar
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Really saddening event…We pray for the bravery of all the martyred…and the miraculous survivors.. Look at the statics of Siachen tragedy….Majority of soldiers are from Gilgit-Baltistan…..The soldier from Gilgit-Baltistan are dying while defending the boundaries for our beloved country…and their families are killed….by sectarianism… and unseen forces….They are sacrificing their lives for a goal to defend their people….and their people are not safe…they are not given constitutional rights….What a pity…

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  • Hakeem
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:52PM

    It’s one of those situations where one can’t leave nor work, technically it’s almost impossible to dig out soldiers buried under 100 feet of stones, mud, and snow.

    But for the sake of national morale they must at least try hard!

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  • Sher khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:27PM

    You can see from the picture that the ice is frozen, our soldiers must have passed over to Allah!!! But who r we to make judgements, we ca ask him who gives and takes life that oh Allah have mercy on your warriors and keep them alive, show us your miracles, because we believe in you and are your obedient slaves who want your help, as we are nothing without u

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:47PM

    May Allah save the Great Ghazis :(

    P.S.: Please highlight the heroic work of rescue teams from the Ummah, not just teams from America, Germany, Sweden etc, which are very small and have not come to actually help Pakistan. May Allah have mercy.

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  • Maryam
    Apr 10, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Salute to all those soldiers there who sacrifice their present for our future..:’(Recommend

  • Ahmee
    Apr 10, 2012 - 7:30PM

    @ Tribune

    Please keep this main headline and don’t subdue this for some corrupt son of PM, Zardari, NS, Babar Awan…or any thing…

    Special prayers and wishes for these sons of the soil, brothers by blood and arm and their families…May ALLAH be with them under all times…AmenRecommend

  • rp
    Apr 10, 2012 - 8:04PM

    we should end Siachen issu

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  • Apr 10, 2012 - 8:20PM

    I with all my family mebers and coleagues praying for thoes soldies which are under the snow slide in siachen glacier. May Allah patience to their families to bear this uncertain, unexpected tragidy. Ameen.Recommend

  • Omar Mohsin Khan
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Too much resources wasted on this silly War on Terror. Its time that we spend the Rs. where it really matters the most i.e. Siachen. Heart bleeds when our officers come on TV and cry about meagre resources our troops live in Siachen. Heart bleeds when I see the BMWs , the Mercedes our top Ranks buy from the exchequer. 2012, we should have been better prepared for an avalanche, at least a god damn GPS tracker.

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  • Cynical
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:36PM

    If they are still alive and be rescued, it’s all because of Almighty’s mercy but then if they are not, it’s simply because Almighty wanted this to happen this way. There is no two way about it.

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  • Shahid farooq
    Apr 10, 2012 - 9:49PM

    We are proud of them and hats off to them. They sacrified their today for our tomorrow. May Allah Almighty give strength & tolerance to their families who are under millions of tons of ice; and we muslim believe in miracles and lets pray to experience it this time! This is high time to think seriously and reach to a rational conclusion, of this issue of siachin, where no one is looser. Lets strive hard to bring an end to this egoistic WAR and use this money on some productive activities to benefit those who live under the poverty line (in both the countries).

    The burried heros are victorious in either way: dead or alive.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 10, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Time is of essence to save the precious human lives of our soldiers.

    Despite the fact that foreign rescue teams have arrived Pakistan but due to bad weather conditions they could not reach the site as yet, whereas, our Pakistani soldiers have already reach the site and making all out efforts to save the buried Pakistani soldiers.

    May Al-Mighty Allah help us all. Ameen.

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  • Insomniac
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Have anyone heard Hafiz Saeed and gang saying anything about this tragedy? Recommend

  • Aliya Ezaz
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Il keep on praying. Are you?

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  • Aliya Ezaz
    Apr 10, 2012 - 11:46PM

    Ii keep on praying. Are you?

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  • asim rehman
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:00AM

    INSHALLAH god will be blessed our pak army younger……….

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  • Nafasat khan
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:56AM

    We all love them, we all pry for them…..!!!

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 11, 2012 - 1:29AM

    @Insomniac:
    Not on this forum please. This is sad news and don’t make it political.

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  • Zaid Baloch
    Apr 11, 2012 - 4:51AM

    Salute you you people i know how you pass time there….

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  • Disco
    Apr 11, 2012 - 5:32AM

    Waiting for HRCP to suggest an unconditional withdrawl of Pakistani troops while asking nothing of the Indians. That would be more like the way HRCP and SAFMA operate.

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  • KAISI
    Apr 11, 2012 - 7:33AM

    Only prayers can do miracle…..Plz keep on Praying

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Apr 11, 2012 - 8:25AM

    May the Lord protect the families of these soldiers in distress. I am praying all of the soldiers come out alive.

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  • Asif Raza
    Apr 11, 2012 - 8:27AM

    Totally UN-satisfied with the work, the picture shows the slow work in progress lives are at stake, its all a game of luck now mothers,sisters, fathers of these young army men are waiting for the good news, Please rescue workers do not let them down.

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  • Sahibzada Shabir
    Apr 11, 2012 - 8:33AM

    Proud of our soldiers

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  • Cynical
    Apr 11, 2012 - 10:29AM

    Nice to see no one doubting the power and wisdom of the one and the only one.

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  • Waqar
    Apr 11, 2012 - 10:52AM

    My ALLAH bless all those civilians and Soldiers who are Shaheed or Alive.
    Aameen Summa Aameen

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  • Apr 11, 2012 - 10:55AM

    May ALLAH bless all those Soldiers and Civilians who are Shaheed or alive.
    ALLAH bless them with his countless blessings.
    AAmeen.

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