Tribute to Gayari sector martyrs

Published: April 9, 2013
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KARACHI: The morning of April 7, 2012 turned out to be one of deep grief for the whole of Pakistan. More than 100 soldiers embraced martyrdom as an avalanche hit the military headquarters in the Gayari sector in Siachen. Temperatures in the area approach minus 70 degrees Celsius and in those harsh conditions, our beloved and brave soldiers were buried under 70 feet of snow.

One year has passed since this shocking and sad incident occurred, but only a few of our television channels presented any tribute to these brave martyrs. These soldiers, who worked to protect the country from its enemies without thinking for a second about their own safety or that of their families, deserved much better.

Yasir Feroz

Published in The Express Tribune, April 10th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Nadir
    Apr 9, 2013 - 11:19PM

    Atleast they covered it, unlike Tirah valley were soldiers are dying and there is hardly any coverage.

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  • v
    Apr 9, 2013 - 11:58PM

    I don’t think -70C is an accurate or even a believable number. The coldest naturally occurring temperature on earth is around -80C in Antarctica.

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  • Legend
    Apr 12, 2013 - 1:54AM

    For their troubles they get a good salary, facilities and a lifestyle which is better than most of the people in Pakistan. It was a natural disaster which could have happened and occassionally does happen to a civilian village as well. No need to get your knickers in a twist about it. I have heard that the Taliban fight more valiantly than our soldiers, never heard of them surrendering en masse like our brave soldiers did in Dhaka.

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