Gayari incident: Search for 7 bodies continues, says Kayani

Published: October 2, 2013

Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to Gayari. PHOTO: ISPR

SIACHEN: Pakistan Army is still working to recover the remaining seven bodies buried in Siachen’s Gayari sector, Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani said on Wednesday.

Kayani was addressing a memorial service held in the honour of 140 people of the northern light infantry battalion, who were buried under an avalanche that had hit the military base in the sector on April 7, 2012.

Those buried included 129 soldiers and 11 civilian employees.

Speaking to the families of the victims and army personnel, Kayani said the soldiers are determined to find and hand over the remaining bodies to their loved ones.

Commenting on the enormity of the task, the army chief said we took up the challenge despite experts telling us it will be a difficult task and may take years.

He thanked army personnel, NADRA officials and all those involved in the recovery work.

Over 300 military personnel along with technical experts had been working on the site.

The Gayari incident has led to the renewed calls for the resolution of Siachen dispute between Pakistan and India. Since the conflict began in 1984, more than 2,000 soldiers from both sides have died, mostly due to hostile weather conditions.
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Reader Comments (4)

  • citizen
    Oct 2, 2013 - 12:56PM

    Proud of these army men.

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  • Shahryar
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:27PM

    The Army Spokesperson announced in a press conference held in early July that the operation was completed and all bodies have been found..!

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Oct 2, 2013 - 2:30PM

    Salute to the bravest sons of the nation…we can sleep well because you are guarding the borders…can’t thank you guys enough…

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  • Last Word
    Oct 2, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Both Indian and Pak army are paying a heavy price occupying this most inhospitable terrain of the world. The Indian proposal of authenticating the present line of control in Siachen is a workable and permanent solution which should be agreed to by Pakistan and troops from both sides can withdraw to avoid further loss of lives and heavy expenditure incurred for its defence.

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