Siachen tragedy: Body of one missing soldier recovered from Gayari

Published: May 27, 2012
Rescue work at Siachen continues irrespective of weather challenges, sub-zero temperatures. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Rescue work at Siachen continues irrespective of weather challenges, sub-zero temperatures. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The search and rescue operation for the 140 soldiers and contractors buried at Gayari met relative success on its 50th day as the body of one soldier was recovered from the Siachen. The soldier was identified as Mohammad Hussain, Express News reported.

Express News correspondent Mohammad Afzal reported early Sunday morning that rescue officials working round the clock to recover the 140 soldiers and contractors buried by an avalanche on April 7, had first discovered a check post for the residential barracks of soldiers.

The deceased’s body has been shifted to Goma Hospital. More discoveries are now expected over the next few days.

The last official dispatch from Inter-Service Public Relation on May 22, said that clearance efforts were underway round the clock.

Simultaneous efforts are being undertaken to tackle effects of water on the site in the shape of ponds, cutting and crevasses. The water has started draining and has resulted in quick reduction of water levels in the lake up to 27 feet.

Excavation work has resumed its full pace despite difficulties posed by seepage of the water at the sites, hazards of crevasses, cutting by water and sinking effects for digging equipment.

Meanwhile during physical inspection of the area, some equipment had been found.

ISPR had reported that Ground Penetrating Rader (GPR) teams took readings at 26 different points and identified eight sites for further search.

“A 300-feet long course has been hauled over the avalanche for restoration of the channel by employing dozers,” the release quoted an official.

More than 450 rescuers, including foreign teams, have been working in sub-zero temperatures at the site since the incident, though experts have said there is little chance of finding any survivors.

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  • Blithe
    May 27, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Wonderful news to brighten an otherwise dismal weekend.


    May 27, 2012 - 1:27AM

    alhamdullilah! Allahu Akbar! Oh Allah reward our shuhahda with nothing less than jannat ul firdaus!


  • May 27, 2012 - 1:27AM

    May Allah accept their Shadat… ameen


  • Kay Jay
    May 27, 2012 - 2:27AM

    Probably no one will ever know what they went through in their last days, must have seen each other die one by one while hoping for rescue… the pain and agony they must have felt mixed with the hope of seeing their loved ones is just inexplicable, May Allah Almighty grant them the highest place in jannat and may their families have the strength to go through this hard time.
    R.I.P soldiers, you will be in our prayers.


  • Chaudhary
    May 27, 2012 - 2:33AM

    The army should make it clear to the public whether the recovered soldier is dead or alive.


  • Madiha R.
    May 27, 2012 - 3:10AM

    Surely, a positive development!


  • ayesha_khan
    May 27, 2012 - 4:37AM

    @Chaudhary: “The army should make it clear to the public whether the recovered soldier is dead or alive”.

    Please read the news. Your question is already answered. “The deceased’s body has been shifted to Goma Hospital. More discoveries are now expected over the next few days.”


  • Nikarish
    May 27, 2012 - 5:14AM

    It is not a rescue opreation… But a search operation.


  • abas
    May 27, 2012 - 5:22AM

    The best thing is they didnt gave up… shows a hardcore expression of professionalism


  • Adeel Syed
    May 27, 2012 - 5:43AM

    Obviously he is martyred. How do you expect anybody to survive 50 days buried in ice without food or water. May Allah grant all of them entry into Jannat-ul-Firdaus. Ameen.


  • Jal
    May 27, 2012 - 5:43AM

    @Chaudhary: When the word body is used, it means it is lifeless, unfortunately.
    The development is a welcome sign and would lessen the anguish of of families of those remaining 139 soldiers. Well done everyone engaged in the rescue operation.


  • Parvez Amin
    May 27, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Demonstration by Pakistanis showing that they can do what they set out to.


  • Imran Con
    May 27, 2012 - 5:48AM

    @Kay Jay:
    Morbidly flashy but unlikely. It would have been more likened to a rocky mountainside falling on top of the building. Ice, not the fluffy type people think of when they speak of snow. I’m gonna pass on giving the play by play of destruction and injury it likely caused initially. But, they probably weren’t sitting there talking and waiting to die.


  • critical thinker
    May 27, 2012 - 6:25AM

    The world stands with Pakistan in this tragic incident and we all hope the families of the soldiers find their peace.


  • Zeta
    May 27, 2012 - 8:08AM

    My deepest respect for our soldiers putting their lives defending this nation.


  • Pakistani Agnostic
    May 27, 2012 - 8:33AM

    A much needed news. Thank You Pakistan army for your unwavering commitment. Bless ye!


  • Not me
    May 27, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Are they looking at the right place.?. may be avalanche pushed the soldiers further down?.


  • Mahakaalchakra
    May 27, 2012 - 9:37AM

    @Parvez Amin:

    Demonstration by Pakistanis showing that they can do what they set out to.

    Like what?


  • Concerned
    May 27, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Its a long drawn process and since the bodies are buried below hundreds of feet of snow and mud, retrieving them is almost an impossible task. Recently, an Indian soldier body surfaced after 40 years on Indo-China border who died under similar circumstances.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 27, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Only Allah knows as which is the last day and for whom.

    We prepare ourselves for indefinite period in this world and accumulate wealth by hook or by crook, but does know as which will be our last day in the world.

    I pray for the departed souls of all the Shaudas, as the chances for finding any single survivor is negligible.


  • Peeru Shah
    May 27, 2012 - 11:14AM

    May the departed souls rest in everlasting peace. AmenRecommend

  • Faesal
    May 27, 2012 - 11:41AM

    The example lies above if your eyes are not covered with mud


  • Nikarish
    May 27, 2012 - 11:47AM

    Like being fit for long marches


  • SM
    May 27, 2012 - 12:29PM

    PAK fauj kay jawans we all salute you for putting your lives on the line to defend our territorial and ideological boundaries.


  • narayana murthy
    May 27, 2012 - 1:42PM

    I know Pakistanis won’t like what I have to say.

    But think about it. Why do you even need an army? You waged all wars on us and lost. We never waged a war on you.

    You can actually do away with your military and India will protect you. Like India protects Bhutan.


  • Raza
    May 27, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Not a positive sight at all as most of the above commentators seem to suggest.
    These brave soldiers were sent here just to fulfil the egos of our military generals. No positive development in finding the body of one poor soldier who could have lived a much more productive life as well as the other 139 if they had not been posted on this god forsaken piece of land.
    Shame on our military generals.


  • May 27, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Nobody dares to question the Army that what took them so long to recover a dead body. Some of the lives might have been saved if they had started the rescue operation at the appropriate site. For more then a week they were digging at the wrong place and then they had to start all over again on a different spot.


  • sohail osman ali
    May 27, 2012 - 3:25PM

    The painful and long wait for one family is finally over, whose son embraced shahadat.
    We thank the teams who are working in sub-zero temperatures these last 50 days trying to get to the 140 victims of the landslide in Siachin.
    Painful as it is, hope the army will eventually try to recreate the entire episode looking for lessons to be learned, which will help others in similar situations in the future. I hope they investigate the protocol and use of homing beacons at all such camps, in the event of future search and rescue missions.


  • Zalim singh
    May 27, 2012 - 4:03PM



  • Kay Jay
    May 27, 2012 - 5:03PM

    @ Imran Con: Sir, i don’t know who you are and for your info i do realize it wasn’t the fluffy type snow, rather the killing cold ice and hard rocks but as i mentioned before, no one knows how they died, what happened, how long were they still breathing?
    On this very sad news, i do not intend to have a debate.. My comment was a simple one but you made a futile attempt to come up and contradict me;Good day!Recommend

  • maira
    May 27, 2012 - 6:14PM

    may his soul rest in peace.


  • Concerned
    May 27, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @narayana murthy:
    Though not an appropriate forum for this comment, nevertheless I agree with the message contents to the Pak military who spends billions on nuclear arsenal and other military infrastructure which might never be used ever. Few Pakistanis would know that India has never attacked any country for the past 10000 years and there is absolute no reason now to attack Pakistan or China since it is satisfied with the land it is holding including Kashmir and land occupied by China. Let both countries sign a no war pact and no first use of nuclear arsenal and live happily thereafter with Pakistan focusing on its economy, has an excellent opportunity to become self dependent and less dependance on American dollars.


  • Faesal
    May 27, 2012 - 8:47PM

    There was no india pre-1947. If going by your far fetched figure of 10,000 years, that actually means the area in Pakistan was in it?

    BTW, In case you are forgetting, let me help you remind the india offensive in east Pakistan in 1971, Siachen occupation 1984.


  • SoundOfFury
    May 27, 2012 - 10:21PM


    Considering it was called India even when the British were around I would disagree.


  • ijazmir
    May 28, 2012 - 2:15PM

    There is a solution for this whole ordeal. Lease Northern area to China for 100 Years. There is example of Hong Kong.. People of Northern area will prosper. Industry will come to their homes. China will deal with India for Indian aggression on Kashmir. Pakistan will gain by reducing its army. Up till now Pakistan has not given any thing to the northern area.
    They were sacrificed in Kargil they are the front lime soldiers. Allah bless them


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