Pakistan Army Over 100 Soldiers Buried In Siachen Avalanche: ISPR

Pakistan Army At Gayani Operation



An avalanche buried over hundred Pakistani soldiers on a major army base on a Himalayan glacier close to India on Saturday, military officials said.



“It is a tragedy,” said Major Gen. Athar Abbas, a military spokesman in Islamabad.



According to details, the snow hit a battalion headquarters in the Gayari sector at 5:45 a.m. The death toll was not immediately known. Officials said rescue efforts were underway with tracking dogs, helicopters and snowmobiles.



“It is feared that maybe it will become one of the major incidents” of weather-related disasters in the remote, frigid region, Abbas said.



Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani expressed his shock at the incident, which he said "would in no way would undermine the high morale of soldiers and officers."



That part of the disputed Kashmir region is often called the world’s highest battlefield. Hundreds of Pakistani and Indian troops are based at elevations of up to 22,000 feet.




Siachen, at about 18,000 feet, sits at northern tip of Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim as their territory.



More soldiers have died because of harsh weather at the Pakistani outpost than in combat.



India and Pakistan have fought intermittently at Siachen since 1984. Both countries maintain a permanent military presence there. A cease-fire went into effect in 2003.

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