Siachen has been a pointless conflict for 30 years: Mushahid


Pakistan, India urged to prepare joint strategy for preserving environment in Siachen

Senate’s Defence Committee Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Wednesday urged Pakistan and India to prepare a joint strategy for preserving environment and combat the consequences of climate change and global warming in the Siachen region.

Briefing media about his committee’s visit to Siachen, the chairman proposed a three point plan for peace in Siachen and termed it “a pointless conflict of the last 30 years, waste of human and material resources”.

He was of the view that demilitarization of Siachen and withdrawal of Pak-India forces from Siachen would be beneficial for both the countries.

The chairman also suggested conversion of Siachen into a peace park. He said that the area could be utilised for mountain tourism and expeditions under the auspicies of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and World Tourism Organization (WTO).

Mushahid opined that time has come for both the countries to collaborate on environment, climate change and issues of global warming.

About climate change, Hussain said its impact will be felt by one-fifth of humanity that reside in South Asia.

The senator lauded the sacrifices of the valiant soldiers of Pakistan Army who are defending the motherland despite extremely difficult odds in the world’s highest battlefield.

Terming Pakistan troops as role model, he said that the Parliament stands fully behind our men in uniform in Siachen.

“We should approach issues with a big heart and even take pride in each other’s achievements as Asians,” he remarked.