SKARDU: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called on Pakistan and India to retract their troops from Siachen glacier, the disputed and undemarcated region of Kashmir.
Sharif, who was speaking during his visit to Giari sector, said that both countries should solve the Siachen issue and the billions of rupees being spent on the war should be directed towards people’s prosperity.
The PML-N leader visited the avalanche site and distributed cheques worth Rs500,000 to the families of the affected military and civilian personnel.
Sharif also announced that the Punjab government will provide jobs to the heirs and will also cover the educational expenses of their children.
He also said that terrorism in the country was proof of the government’s failure, adding that there was no trace of anything like a government in Chilas, Gilgit and Quetta.
A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in disputed Kashmir more than a week ago, smothering an area of one square kilometre (a third of a square mile).