Damn you, Siachen

Published: April 14, 2012

PUNE: This is with reference to Kamran Shafi’s article of April 13 titled “Damn you, Siachen”.

As a young major posted in Jammu and Kashmir in the 1980s, I remember being upbeat about Rajiv Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto being the fresh new prime ministers of India and Pakistan, and actually telling my bosses that maybe we wouldn’t have to spend another winter at Siachien. How naive are the young!

Maybe it will now be left to Rahul and Bilawal — and meanwhile, lives will continue to be lost in this most asinine of conflicts.

Khuda-e-bartar, teri zameen pe zameen ki khaatir yeh jang kyun hai/ Har ek fatho zafar ke damaan pe khoon-e-insaan ka rang kyun hai.

Harish Puri

Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2012.

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