The Indian army has rubbished Pakistan’s demand for withdrawal of troops from the Siachen Glacier, saying it would not move out from the strategically important icy heights.
The force has put across its stand on the issue after Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asked India to withdraw troops from there claiming that they posed a “serious threat” to Pakistan’s environment.
“The Indian army is not like to move out from the glacier as it is of strategic importance to us and in the last several years, we have taken several steps towards maintaining the environmental equilibrium there,” Indian army officials said.
Last year, Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh had made it clear that the Indian military had shed a lot of blood for occupying the glacier and it would not like to move out of there.
He had said that the “area is very important and India must continue to hold that area and we have held that view always. We have lost our lives and lot of blood has been shed to get into these areas and occupy the heights and positions”.
Pakistan has been pushing for demilitarisation of Siachen but India has maintained that this cannot take place without proper authentication by both sides of the present troop positions on the glacier.