Although Siachen means land of wild roses but in reality this place is barren and icy cold. It has minus 14 to 34 degree temperature in summer and minus 50 in winter season and at minus fifty temperature everything gets collapsed. It was independent place till 1984, and it was not easy to encroach at this place. In April 1984
encroached at Siachen and made a military post after displaying their flag at
the top mountain of world. Thereafter Pakistan Army also reached there and made
camps. Since then India has
two third part of Siachen and one third part have been encroached by India . Pakistan army
has occupied Gyand Lapas; it is the place from where Pakistan can
keep an eye at Ladakh. Siachen is the toughest war place in the world and
therefore no one can go at the crag of Siachen without the oxygen masks; you
must have special dress, shoes and helmet. Even after having all
these accessories and preventive measure you can’t spend few seconds there
because according to the different studies at minus forty everything gets
free-zed. So, at this place you even can’t complete the natural
requirement for instance can’t pass the urine, stool. Because if any part of
body gets uncovered it will be removed or damaged very badly. If you expose
your finger it will become numb. If you remove your helmet your head and neck
will be frozen with hairs. Likewise if any part of your feet get stripped it
will also be frozen, and if you walk at forty and fifty degree temperature for
some time regularly then your legs do not work and get local anesthesia and
doctors have no option except to confiscate it. Continuous usage of oxygen mask
can damage the hearing and visual power of human, also your abilities of smell
and taste get reduced. Due to the fear of passing urine and stool people never
eat anything and they take multivitamins and other steroid drugs for surviving.
At Siachen no one can live alive or spend more then twenty days. Therefore
every soldier is deputed there only for twenty days and even among
them every third person never return healthy or safe .Either
they become the victim of “snow bite” or they lose some part of
body, (ear, nose, hand, leg and etc). Presently so many soldiers of Pakistan
Army have lost their body organs in Siachen, they do not eat anything during
their deployment at Siachen. Pakistan
Siachen is very expensive place in the world for war. Pakistan Army spends 15 million every day which is monthly 450 millions and yearly it is 5.5 billion rupees. Similarly Indian Army squander thrice then Pakistan Army, their daily expenditure is 50 millions, monthly 1.5 billion and yearly it is twenty billion. In Siachen; every 3rd day one Pakistani soldier get martyrdom and every second day one Indian soldier dies. So every year
its 100 soldiers and India loses
its 180 soldiers. Since 1984 we have lost 3, 000/- soldiers and India has
lost his 5, 000/- soldiers. The strength of Indian soldiers deputed at Siachen
is seven thousand only and strength of Pakistani soldiers is four thousand and
four hundred only. At minus forty and fifty temperature if any thing or metal
get touched to your skin it enters into the organ of body. And for its
eradication, it is necessary to remove that certain part of body. Our soldiers
go there at their own feet and legs but they return at stature. They never complain
or said that we are sacrificing for last 28 years for rest of Pakistan and
never ask for any reward. We daily talk about those who die in bomb blasts, we
talk about the desisting of NATO supply and Drone strikes. But we never talked
about those who got martyrdom even in the peace time in Siachen, or about folks
who have been permanently disabled. We never ask to them that since you have
return from there how are you spending your life? Do you have any problem? They
are the real heroes of Pakistan and
its soil. Unfortunately we have forgotten them and their forfeit.
On Saturday, April 07, 2012 between 0300 AM to 0500 AM in Gayari sector an unfortunate and unexpected incident of land sliding occurred at Battalion Headquarter. This land sliding is one kilometer wide and seventy to eighty feet deep. At that time total 139 soldiers were there including eleven civilians. This incident of land sliding suddenly occurred and whole camp converted into graveyard within seconds. It is the horrible incident of 2012, in which 139 people are under the 80 feet layer of ice. Uncertainty in the forecast and lack of oxygen depicts the rare chances of their endurance but we do hope for miracle. Pakistan Army is dedicated and devoted to evacuate their soldiers from this very fateful incident. Therefore they are working for 24 hours. General Kiyani went there and saw the place where this incident took place. It encourages the morale and emotions of whole Pakistan Army specially those who are deputed in Siachen. Pakistan Army also shifted heavy machinery and equipments for dragging.
To manage this recent disaster and for future (till the time Siachen conflict is not solved) Pakistan Army must possess:
1. The latest equipment to locate people buried under the snow.
2. Such equipment and material for crushing and melting heavy snow.
3. The capability of airlifting such a heavy equipment/machinery on the world’s highest battlefield in the shortest possible time.
4. Installation of a monitoring and warning system for weather forecast and snow sliding.
This is hard time for Army and nation but why political leaders are still silent? President of
Asif Ali Zardari went India at
private trip on same day when this incident took place. It was also necessary
visit but it could be delayed for one day or for few hours, it would be better
if he met with other soldiers in Siachin and then went towards New
Delhi. President Zardari donated 1 million dollar to the
management of Khuwaja Ajmer Sharif mazar. I do hope he donated this amount from
his personal account because Khuwaja Ghareeb esquire will not accept the 95
million (9.5 crore) money of poor nation. I personally feel that President of
Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari must donate a similar kind of check to the
families of affected in Siachin incident because they are mujahidin and real
heroes of Pakistan who have given everything for this nation and soil.
Other political leaders of
Nawaz Sharif, Shujaat Hussain, Moulana Fazal ur Rehman,
Asfand Yar Wali and Imran Khan must also visit Siachin with same enthusiasm and
zeal for boasting up the morale of soldiers.