Saturday, 7 April 2012

The Siachen Tragedy

The world's highest battlefield known as Siachen brought a tragedy for the valiant soldiers defending their homeland in the worst possible conditions where weather is probably more dangerous than the enemy itself. An avalanche buried 135 Pakistani soldiers in Gayari sector at 0600 AM on 7 April 2012 and is feared to become one of the major incidents of weather-related disasters in Siachen glacier.

Rescue efforts are on using sniffing dogs, helicopters and troops on ground. Heavy Engineers machinery have been moved from Rawalpindi by air. May as many lives be saved as possible even if it needs a miracle. 

The picture is here.
Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Siachen on Sunday to supervise the rescue operation launched to recover 135 soldiers and civilians trapped under the avalanche. He said that efforts were underway to acquire latest technical equipment for the rescue and emphasized that calamity in no way should affect the morale of the troops defending the motherland at the highest battlefield. He said Pakistan Army has always risen to the occasion and will come through this challenge as well.

The role of Media has not been up to the mark so far and they didn't care to stop frivolous humour even for a day. We do expect our vibrant Media to pay due tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives while defending their homeland. Our hearts and minds are with our brave soldiers and their families and friends. Everyone please remember these brave soldiers who are still under tons of snow in Giyari sector.

Weather is cloudy in Skardu and surrounding area making Heli sorties technically difficult since evening on 8 Apr. Any good news is yet to be awaited. Prayers are required for all those trapped under the snow. List of those affected has been released and can be viewed here. 



  1. straight from the heart. Thank you sir

  2. @MM, Thanks. Remember them in prayers please.

  3. Life is fragile and unpredictable. Another reminder to value and respect life.
    Heart felt condolences and greatest respect to all affected.

  4. Very true! Life, however itself puts us in to some unavoidable situations which put the same very life in danger!
    Our sincere prayers for all there under tons of snow.

  5. Thank you for writing about this. Very heartbreaking. It should cause our officials to reflect on what exactly it is that they want and how to work towards it. Was the loss of 135 soldiers really worth a thing at all?