The Siachen tragedy

Published: April 9, 2012

KARACHI: The recent tragedy that saw 124 soldiers and 11 civilians being buried under an avalanche in Siachen is another reminder to the civil-military authorities of Pakistan and India that the war being fought on the world’s highest battleground is a futile one. More soldiers have lost their lives because of the severe weather conditions that prevail rather than through combat. It is a shame that authorities of both countries still have not learnt any lesson after so many years and continue to fight for uncertain reasons. I appeal to both the countries to stop wasting valuable resources in a futile war, which has taken so many lives.

Syeda Amna Fatima Zaidi

Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2012.

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  • s shah
    Apr 9, 2012 - 11:07PM

    I pray that Siachin is made a peace park and that there is no more loss of life there. Ameen.


  • Hrithik
    Apr 10, 2012 - 5:48AM

    India has never been fighting. It’s the foolish military leadership of Pakistan who is obsessed with India and has fought 4 wars over Kashmir. From 90’s Pakistan army has supported jihadis and terrorists against India and continue to do so. India witnessed what happened when we weren’t careful in 1999 and PA captured Kargil posts with the support of militants. India has every right to defend itself and will continue to do so. It’s Pakistan’s responsibility to improve ties with India if they want to solve Kashmir issue.

    Once US and allied forces leave Afghanistan, the need for Pakistan will be no more for US and all aid to the country will stop. It is in Pakistan’s interest to maintain good relations with India because US will try to isolate Pakistan to pay for hiding Osama. Now, it’s upto Pakistani government and army to choose which path to take.

    Remember choose carefully, if the current situation in Pakistan persists the day is not far when we would see civil war inside Pakistan.


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