News / Asia

Pakistan, India Hold Talks on 'World's Highest Battlefield'

Indian soldiers returning from border posts get a briefing at the Siachen Glacier base camp, in Indian Kashmir on the Pakistan border, July 19, 2011.
Indian soldiers returning from border posts get a briefing at the Siachen Glacier base camp, in Indian Kashmir on the Pakistan border, July 19, 2011.
VOA News
Pakistan and India are holding talks on whether to demilitarize the Siachen glacier, known as the world's highest battlefield.

The two-day meeting that began Monday in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi is the 13th round of talks and the first time both sides have met on the issue since April, when an avalanche buried 140 Pakistani troops and staff stationed at a Siachen base. The site is located at an altitude of 4,000 meters and is just a few kilometers away from Indian outposts.

The incident prompted calls for Pakistan and India to pull their troops from the disputed glacier, where more troops have lost their lives due to bad weather than fighting.

Pakistan's Defence Minister Naveed Qamar (R) talks with India's Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma at the Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, June 11, 2012.Pakistan's Defence Minister Naveed Qamar (R) talks with India's Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma at the Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, June 11, 2012.
x
Pakistan's Defence Minister Naveed Qamar (R) talks with India's Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma at the Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, June 11, 2012.
Pakistan's Defence Minister Naveed Qamar (R) talks with India's Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma at the Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, June 11, 2012.
Indian Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma is meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nargis Sethi, with a joint statement expected to be issued at the end of talks on Tuesday.

The editor of the Indian "Hindu" newspaper, Siddharth Varadarajan, said it would be overly ambitious to assume a breakthrough is around the corner, but that "sooner rather than later, both countries will devise a way to end the conflict up on the glacier, which is completely meaningless from a strategic point of view."

The standoff at Siachen began in 1984 when Indian troops occupied positions on the northern tip of the “Line of Control” dividing the Himalayan region of Kashmir. Pakistan responded by establishing posts on Siachen.
 
Since then, the nearly three-decade conflict has cost billions of dollars and killed more than 8,000 soldiers on both sides, giving it the reputation as the world’s highest, coldest and most expensive battlefield.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, including two over the disputed Kashmir region. A peace process that was stalled by the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, was restarted last year. Both countries have also recently taken significant steps to boost trade.

Pakistani analyst and former air force officer, Khalid Iqbal, saidwhatever progress Pakistan and India make on enhancing ties and developing a dialogue should not be "held hostage" to any single crisis event and that bilateral institutions must be strengthened.

You May Like

Karzai's Legacy: Missed Opportunities?

Afghanistan's president leaves behind a much different nation than the one he inherited, yet his legacy from 13 years in power is getting mixed reviews More

Secret Service Chief Under Fire for White House Security Breach

Julia Pierson faces tough questions from lawmakers after recent intrusion at White House, says: 'It is clear that our security plan was not executed properly' More

Frustrated, Liberian Students Want Ebola Fight Role

Thousands have volunteered to go to counties, rural villages to talk to people in their language about deadly virus More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: mig from: US
June 11, 2012 1:52 PM
What a waste of time. Pakis cannot be trusted and are hemorrhaging at the bottom of Saltoro ridge. There entire base camp got wiped out and they simply don't have the money to keep up the charade of being on Siachen. They were no where near Siachen and will never be. India just needs to keep up the economic pressure and with US withdrawing funding after OBL episode the entire economy will fold like a pack of cards. The only solution is for Pakistan to withdraw from POK and hand it over to India. This is the one and only thing that will save pakistan.

In Response

by: Hamid from: Afghanistan
June 12, 2012 12:31 AM
I hope the negotiation between the countries go positive and make a plan to pull out the forces from the coldest point of a battefield. this would save many lives. I wish long lasting peace for the entire world.

In Response

by: Jan from: CA
June 11, 2012 3:10 PM
mig maybe you should go back home and help your people!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihadi
X
Mahi Ramakrishnan
September 30, 2014 2:16 PM
Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Iran's Rouhani Skeptical on Syria Strikes

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed skepticism Friday that U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria could crush Islamic State militants. From New York, VOA’s Margaret Besheer reports the president was also hopeful that questions about Iran’s nuclear program could be resolved soon.
Video

Video US House Speaker: Congress Should Debate Authorization Against IS

As wave after wave of U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State militants, the speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives says he would be willing to call Congress back into session to debate a formal, broad authorization for the use of military force. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, where legislators left town 10 days ago for a seven-week recess.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Video

Video Ebola Robs Liberians of Chance to Say Good-Bye to Loved Ones

In Liberia, where Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people, authorities have worked hard to convince people to allow specialized burial teams to take away dead bodies. But these safety measures, while necessary, make it hard for people to say good bye to their loved ones. VOA's Anne Look reports on the tragedy from Liberia.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid