Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production Chairman Senator Mushahid Husain visited the families of the Giari avalanche victims along with other members of parliament on Friday.
The senator offered condolences to the families of Lt Col Tanvirul Hassan and Naik Ansar Mahmud, two of the soldiers buried under an avalanche at the base camp in April.
This marked the first visit by a parliamentary delegation to the ancestral homes of the Giari victims to express solidarity with the victims’ families.
Committee members were informed by the military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations, that a total of 13 soldiers’ bodies have been recovered in Giari thus far, and that the a search and clearance operation is making progress.
Flanked by Senator Farhatullah Babar and Senator Sehar Kamran, Husain said the entire nation was proud of its soldiers, who lost their lives guarding the country’s frontiers at Siachen.
Babar conveyed President Zardari’s sentiments to the soldiers’ families. “The sacrifices of the brave soldiers will not go in vain and the entire nation is proud of its armed forces.”
The parliamentary delegation also visited Lt Col Hassan’s home in Moza Wa’ala and conveyed their condolences to the family.
Senator Kamran promised to construct a school and a dispensary in the village to provide health and education facilities to residents at their doorstep. Additionally, she promised to arrange Hajj for two family members of the deceased officer.
Senator Husain added that the defence committee of the Senate had decided to arrange events on the graves of the martyred soldiers on Defence day, September 6, to acknowledge the sacrifices of the armed forces as a tribute.
The members of the committee also visited the grave of Col Tanvirul Hassan and offered fateha for the departed soul.
PPP Senator and Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar added that all possible resources, including over 300 troops, 48 engineering plants and five dewatering pumps are working around the clock at the site. Snow melting vehicles have also been employed in the operation.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2012.
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