The battle for Siachen

Published: April 11, 2012

KARACHI: This is with reference to the editorial titled “Why the Siachen issue must be resolved” (April 10). I could not have agreed more on how irrational Pakistan and India have been over the issue. I do not understand why the two countries have not yet realised how worthless it is to fight over Siachen.

This piece of land has already devoured a distressingly great number of men from both the countries because of its godforsaken weather conditions, and not even in the course of battle.

From years of investing resources and obsessing over a sterile, murderous mass of ice, what have either Pakistan or India gained from Siachen?

More importantly, what potential good can come off trying to establishing supremacy over Siachen? If there is any benefit of occupying this area I would like to know what it is and if it is good enough to recompense for the casualties and the bereavement it has caused over the years.

Imaan Sheikh

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • G. Din
    Apr 12, 2012 - 1:40AM

    Please, whatever you do, just decide for yourself. If you believe there is no potential good in establishing sovereignty over the glacier, then as any reasonable people would, pack up and leave. You are in no position to, nor should you, decide for India. We have no problem either way and we won’t try to persuade you one way or another.
    Although we are paying many more times the cost you are paying, we are not the ones hurting. Do not expect India will descend from those icy heights just to humour Pakistan!

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Apr 12, 2012 - 1:42PM

    @G. Din:
    If you dont want us to comment about India then dont read Pakistani newspapers.

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  • G. Din
    Apr 12, 2012 - 3:48PM

    @sick of this nonsense:
    Oh, please, comment all you want about India. We would welcome that. But, do not tell us what to do so you can do what is good for you.

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  • Samina Tahir
    Apr 12, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Be rational and don fight here for India or Pakistan. Education has done nothing to anyone. RIGHT NOW what is important is to save people from the natural calamity. I am A Pakistani and i am proud of it but in this situation for God Sake act sensible. As if u being indian and i being Pakistani will change the mind set of our politicians. So better stay away from Pakistan India debate

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  • Apr 13, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Pakistan China interaction can be monitored from this glacier. Thats whay this siachine is strategically very important for India.

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