'Sixth site' added on day six in Siachen search operation

Published: April 12, 2012

Currently there are 15 heavy machines including Dumpers, Dozers, Excavators and Loaders at the site. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: As rescue efforts to recover the buried soldiers enter its sixth day in Gayari, Siachen, another priority point (Sixth Site) has been added to the search, adding to the already five identified points.

Currently there are 15 heavy machines including Dumpers, Dozers, Excavators and Loaders at the site.

At point one, the excavation has managed to reach 115 feet deep. Work is also expected to start on the 130 feet long horizontal tunnel with a diameter of three meters to attain access to the accommodation area.

Meanwhile at point two, excavation work has reached 100 feet deep.

A 450 meters long access track has been developed and improved by adding subgrade to improve traction for wheeled excavation equipment on the avalanche to access the priority points.

Work on both main access tracks has been carried out to increase the total length to 1.5 kilometers.

Weather was still posing a challenge, hindering operational and administrative activities, however resolve of the personnel involved was unwavered.

An ISPR spokesman said that technical teams from Germany, Switzerland and US, after having had initial consultations with Pakistani experts in Islamabad are now in the process of deploying to Gayari by road and air to assist and analyse the search and rescue effort.

Teams from China and Norway with advanced capabilities are expected to reach in Islamabad in next 24-48 hours, the spokesman concluded.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Baber
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:23PM

    May Allah be with our soldiers…..

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  • Sajjad Haider
    Apr 12, 2012 - 10:34PM

    May ALLAH help our dedicated army for this relief operation. But as a nation we have to think that
    Is this the price of our so called friendship with INDIA.
    This coldwar be stoped or will take us all one day
    Time is ticking out so we should decide it as early as it could be
    May ALLAH blessed the families of all SHAHEEDSRecommend

  • fahim
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:30PM

    Time we accept the line and declare peace. Wasting 7-8 billion tax money every year to maintain our ego is fruitless. Time and again in Kashmir and latest in Kargil, we have unilaterally violated and moved into indian territory which have seriously damaged our trust. Time to talk peace and move back to our positions in Siachen. Then we can ask India to follow.

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  • Sandip Khanna
    Apr 13, 2012 - 1:01AM

    @Sajjad Haider: Sorry Sajjad. You are slightly off the mark. This is the price that both of our nations are paying for the enemity. friendship does not extract a price, It only offers dividends.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Apr 13, 2012 - 2:17AM

    SO help from China and Norway will reach on day 7 or 8th and that is acceptable. Help offered by Dr Singh within 24 hrs is not acceptable. Is this loss cost of doing business or its time to climb down?

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 13, 2012 - 2:17AM

    Poor soldiers buried alive paying the price for GHQ’s cowardly decision to venture on to Siachin.

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  • ashok
    Apr 13, 2012 - 2:27AM

    Why a vertical drill of a moderate diameter not tried to establish communication or pump hot air with oxygen?

    I admit I am not an expert in this field but it just came to my mind thinking of those brave soldiers who got trapped and no one could establish any communication with them since the accident happened 4-5 days back.

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  • Rafaqat
    Apr 13, 2012 - 2:50AM

    @fahim:

    Its ironic that while most people in Pakistan stand behind our men in uniform in this difficult moment, you are worried about money. And since you are so so worried about money,you have your statistics entirely wrong. Pakistan Army’s budget is not even close to 8 billion dollars. Get your facts right.

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  • Jan
    Apr 13, 2012 - 4:32AM

    @fahim:
    Both countries should move their troops from siachen at the same time. What are both countries achieving from this stand off.

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  • MarkH
    Apr 13, 2012 - 7:32AM

    @Jan:
    If you’re living in an imaginary world, maybe. It still all comes down to who is right and who is wrong about the reason the stand off existed to begin with. An opposing side dying isn’t incentive to forget about it even if there are sympathies. The one intruded upon will want to hear “we were wrong and we won’t do it again.” For many the number of deaths and money spent on it are the very reason they will want to see it through to a conclusion.

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  • sane voice
    Apr 13, 2012 - 8:31AM

    @Jan: India can remove their soildiers from Siachin from tomorrow onwards but after Kargil and Mumbai can India trust Pakistan ?

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  • Pragmatist
    Apr 13, 2012 - 11:16AM

    India will NEVER remove their troops from there. The Kargil deception by Pakistan put paid to that. Now it is a battle of attrition. The side with staying power will win in the end.

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