The world’s highest battlefield – Siachen Glacier
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Pakistan Army is suffering much less in Siachen Glacier because of following reasons:
– Lesser number of Pakistani troops are operating in Siachin.
– Pakistanis are on lower peaks/area so height is less and weather in not that harsh. At last less causalities.
– Pakistanis have built roads up to their camps in the region so they are not using helicopters like Indians, so less crashes.
– Pakistan Army is not involved in counter insurgency operations like Indian Army haling 1 million troops deployed for such operations – Pak Army can change troops more frequently, so no prolonged exposure.
Pak Amry never tried to capture those inhospitable barren heights. Indian Army occupied the area and adjoining peaks in early eighties, so Indian intrusion was done in utter negation of Simla Ageement – asking both the Countries to respect status quo on LoC.
I started this topic, because I guess the biggest factor hampering the issue of Kashmir was the maintainability of Simla Agreement which is primarily the cause of anger amongst the two nations, as to who actually did broke the agreement and I guess Siachen is a major factor of discussion in breaking the agreement. In fact if you go through the link which i gave from Indian embassy in US, it says that Kargil operation was primarily suspected to have been aimed at occupying Siachen only, so I guess before discussing Kashmir (which boils down to reliability of Indian and Pakistani governments) we should actually discuss the reliability of the two governments.
Pakistan never claimed Siachin territory prior to Indian occupation. Some expeditions proceeding to that area got permission from Pakistan and some from India before 83-84.
Indian occupation in early eighties provided an opportunity to Pak Army to engage a sizable strength of Indian Army in the glaciered region on freezing heights.
Indians are maintaining large force and then supporting the force’s logistic through means of light weight helicopters – lot many get crashed because of bad weather and were shot down by Pak Army as well.
Keeping forces at Siachen is huge multifarious drain for Indian Army. If Indian Army could be forced to pay huge price by keeping a check on it with minimal force and that too at relatively better atmospheric condition – what goes of Pak Army. After all, Indian Army is an enemy army. Real interest of Pak Army is to keep Indian Army at Siachen as long as possible.
Often inaccessible, uninhabitable or of no apparent value; yet people and states still fight to possess it – high altitude mountain terrain is where just the swallows swirl. Even birds don’t risk it that high. Long, bloody wars have been fought, and are being fought, for mountain real estate located between 10,000 feet (3050 meters) and 23,000 feet (7015 meters). Over the past fifty years, high-altitude combat has raged in different parts of the world – Africa, Asia, and South America. Be it the Chinese who invaded Tibet, or the British troops who fought Mau-Mau separatists in the Aberdares Mountains of Kenya, or the Peruvian government who hunted for the Sendero Luminoso guerrillas in the Andes Mountains throughout the 1980s; they have had one thing in common – the overwhelming altitude made extremely bitter by variant weather. Back home, India and Pakistan have been engaged in perhaps what is the longest drawn high altitude battle in military history.
My Salute to the Indian Army
Salute to Great Soldier
I am not getting words to express my feeling for them. These soldier who selflessly dedicate their life for the nation. These soldier who some time without recognization work for out motherland. Just Salute to them.
My heartily gratitude to my brothers for protecting our lives, our borders, our pride, our honour and our future. God bless you and our country. Jai Hind
Just to protect the ego of a Billion……
Even though the land is not productive, our soldiers are there fighting two enemies
1. The enemity the nature poses
2. The real enemy in front of them
just to protect the ego of a billion Indians so that each one of us proudly say that "SIACHEN" belongs to us. Hats off to them.
Your unceasing vigil is something to be proud of.
Thank You to all of you who have left their families and their other responsibilities behind to take care of our border.
Salute to you