The nuclear-armed South Asian nations have competing territorial claims to Siachen, often called the world's highest battlefield, and troops have been locked in a standoff there at an altitude of more than 20,000 feet since 1984, when Indian forces occupied the glacier. SIACHEN. For eight years, India and Pakistan have fought a war over this desolate landscape making it the world's highest battlefield. .css-2kny4l-ContributorLink{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#B80000;}.css-2kny4l-ContributorLink:hover,.css-2kny4l-ContributorLink:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Andrew NorthSouth Asia correspondent.css-1hizfh0-MetadataSnippet{display:inline-block;max-width:100%;overflow:hidden;text-overflow:ellipsis;white-space:nowrap;vertical-align:bottom;}.css-zf4gw3-MetadataLink{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#B80000;}.css-zf4gw3-MetadataLink:hover,.css-zf4gw3-MetadataLink:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}@NorthAndrewon Twitter. The line of control (LOC) of 1972 between Pakistan and India was demarcated on the south of Siachen, at a grid point known as NJ9842. Even after the end of 1971 Indo-Pakistani war there was nothing done about the Siachen Glacier. With the Indian army now clearly involved, the Pakistanis were determined to entrench their claim. This would be followed by three steps: Today, with thousands of armed men facing each other across the border, talk of ending the fighting and of Peace Parks seems remote. From then, both countries got into dispute about the Siachen Glacier. It is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second longest in the world's non-polar areas. But at first, he complains, Indian generals would not take him seriously. The Foreign Secretaries of both countries met at Islamabad in April 1985 and revived the bilateral dialogue. “End the fighting without disengaging or redeployment let Siachen recede from public mind; this phase might last for 2-3 years. 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Siachen is the 5th largest glacier of the Karakoram Range and second largest glacier in the world. "We came to know the Pakistanis were buying lots of specialist mountain clothing in London," grins Col Kumar. It appeared the Americans had cartographically ceded a large chunk of the eastern Karakoram to Pakistan, including the Siachen glacier. In the late 1970s, a German mountaineer showed Col Kumar a US-drawn map of northern Kashmir marking the Indian-Pakistan ceasefire line much further to the east than he expected. The glacier is the highest battleground on Earth, where India and Pakistan have fought intermittently since 1984. Siachen is the world's second longest non-polar glacier, and thus is sometimes referred to as the third pole. India’s selfish interest behind this conflict was also the major cause of the problem. In the meantime, Col Kumar says India should be consolidating its position on the Siachen, by allowing more foreign mountaineers to climb there. The Siachen glacier is considered to be the largest single source of fresh water as it is the source of the Nubra River that eventually feeds the mighty Indus. Because it occupies the harder-to-supply higher ground, India pays the heaviest financial price, currently estimated to be around $1m (£600,000) a day. VideoThe new ‘Nigerian princes’ of hacking? The new ‘Nigerian princes’ of hacking? And the following year he wrote up his expedition in a mountaineering magazine, in effect staking India's claim. When the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War ended in decisive Indian victory, both sides agreed upon the Simla agreement, but nothing was stated about the Siachen Glacier. It is 70 km long and flows from an altitude of 5750 meters to 3620 meters above sea level. Issue of Wuller Lake dam on the River Jehlum was contested by Pakistan, Kargil conflict of 1999, Attack on Indian Parliament on 13 December, 2001 and so on. For close to 30 years, a war has raged over a few yards of frozen rock in the Himalayas, 22,000 feet above sea level. The 75-km long Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram Range of the Himalayas. A Pakistani counter-attack led by a Brig Gen Pervez Musharraf a few years later was one of several that failed to dislodge the Indians. On 13 April 1984, Indian troops snatched control of the Siachen Glacier which was the world’s highest & coldest war in northern Kashmir, narrowly beating Pakistan. Issue of Indian hijacked PAN AM Aircraft, which landed in Karachi. Army soldiers return after a training session at the Siachen base camp in Indian Kashmir on the border with Pakistan. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. The average height of the Siachen Glacier … The glacier's region is the highest battleground on Earth, where Pakistan and India have fought intermittently since April 1984. Why Siachen is such a difficult area to defend? But what started as a battle with crampons and climbing rope has turned into high-altitude trench warfare, with the two rival armies frozen - often literally - in pretty much the same positions as 30 years ago. Surrounded by photographs and memorabilia of his climbing exploits, Col Kumar, now in his 80s, says the struggle was critical to preventing Pakistani encroachment into northern Kashmir. Sometimes called the “Third Pole,” the Siachen Glacier … Although the relations between both countries was not cordial even from its independence. India occupied the Siachen Glacier on 13 April 1984. Time Magazine: War at the Top of the World In spite of the severe climate, the word `Siachen` ironically means `the place of wild roses`. Both countries maintain a permanent military presence in the region at a height of over 6,000 m (20,000 ft). The attempt here is not only to discuss the risks of war that the soldier faces but it details out the war against weather and nature. India immediately dispatched troops to the Siachen, beating Pakistan by a week. An incorrect and farfetched appreciation thus landed India into occupation of Siachen Glacier or more correctly Saltoro Ridge in April 1984. Both countries also diverge and even fought with each other after this incident. He also wants to reach at Karakoram Highway and intervene between the Pak-China relations. With its ally China to the north, Pakistan was first to see the potential for oropolitics in this strategic vacuum. One of the key Indian installations on the Siachen today is named Kumar Base after him. Thirty four years till now also, that incidence is still being remembered by everyone. It is also the source of water for the entire country. The Karakoram highway between China and Pakistan is very close to Siachen which enhances its strategic value. A retired Pakistani colonel later admitted they had blundered by using the same store as the Indians. The conflict began in 1984 with India's successful Operation Meghdoot during which it gained control of the Siachen Glacier (unoccupied and not demarcated area). © 2020 BBC. Siachen, which figures among the world’s largest mountain glaciers, is on the Line of Control (LoC), which marked the ceasefire line after the 1947-48 war between the two countries in their first war. Heavy financial drain along with casualties from both sides, it also causes a great deal of damage to the fragile mountain environment. "As we reached the Siachen, Pakistani helicopters were flying over us," Col Kumar smiled, "and they were firing out coloured smoke.". 'No corners cut' in vaccine approval, regulator says, US scuba boat captain charged over 34 fire deaths, 'One boy stood out to me - he's now my son', 'I wake up wondering if I still have a job', Why it feels like a government without a majority. The article that follows is an effort to have an exhaustive study of Siachen Glacier and why it is important to India. They also sign treaties for not attacking each other’s nuclear installations and no war principle. It is the world’s longest mountain glacier. "With all the money we have spent in Siachen, we could have provided clean water and electricity to half the country," says the former Indian army officer. Pakistan lost it and tried to attack Siachen again and again but sent back every time. But beside these, both countries want to settle the Siachen Issue and normalize the relations. At that time this zone was called a neutral zone but latter after 1984, both countries claimed their right to control the area. The Siachen Glacier Background and Importance: A resource-less and inhabitable—Siachen was never considered to have any significant values. From very earlier, Kashmir problem, water disputes, active involvement in cold war and the wars of 1965 and 1971 were the bitter facts before the incident of Siachen. At least four soldiers and two civilian porters have been killed after an avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier in Indian-administered Kashmir.. [1] It ranges from an altitude of 5,753 m (18,875 ft) above sea level at its source at Indira Col (pass) on the China border to its snout at 3,620 m (11,875 ft) The Siachen War | On 13 April 1984, Indian troops snatched control of the Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, narrowly beating Pakistan. Siachen Glacier was the Land of Wild Roses before it became a battle field. Siachen Glacier - War Above the Clouds Camp at Chulung La Soldiers loading a gun Soldier next to a mortar Fiberglass panels for igloos near helicopter pad Soldiers packing shells in their backpacks All military garbage and waste will be end up in the Nubra River (originates from Glacier), which flows in to the Shyok River, which then flows in to the Indus, on whose waters millions of people depend. The NHS is ready to use the initial 800,000 doses when they arrive, the health secretary says. It almost forms a triangle between India, China, and some territory claimed by Pakistan. Besides the twin military threats from Pakistan and China, the climate condition is the biggest challenge for the armed forces. Any hints of a thaw, most recently when Pakistan lost 140 soldiers in an avalanche, have always faded away. Then in early 1981, Col Kumar was given the go-ahead to map the entire glacier, all the way to the Chinese border. The nearest civilian settlement is Warshi, a small village about 10 … But the dawn always come after darkest period; perhaps there will also a dawn for Siachen. And both sides publish different maps depicting their version of the geography. This would enable both armies to withdraw with honor and save their billions of rupees. The Siachen War is a salutary lesson in how military operations in these mountains can escalate far beyond their initial intentions. The Siachen Conflict, sometimes referred to as the Siachen War, is a military conflict between India and Pakistan over the disputed Siachen Glacier region in Kashmir.A cease-fire went into effect in 2003. Karakorum Highway was inaugurated in 1979, India wanted to disrupt this land link between Pakistan and china, so Indian Army illegally occupied part of Siachen in 1984. Siachen is situated on that unique mountain environment. Post- Siachen relations with India were the greatest impact of this conflict. Pfizer vaccine judged safe for use in UK next week, The new ‘Nigerian princes’ of hacking? Post- Siachen relations with India were the greatest impact of this conflict. The word is derived from the Greek for mountain, and Indian army colonel Narendra Kumar can justly claim to be the modern father of oropolitics because his pioneering explorations paved the way for India to take the glacier in early 1984. Former Chief of Indian army Gen Bikram Singh stated regarding Siachen-As long as the glacier is under India’s control, the Pakistani army can’t link up with the Chinese and pose threat to Ladakh. The vast majority of the estimated 2,700 Indian and Pakistani troop deaths have not been due to combat but avalanches, exposure and altitude sickness caused by the thin, oxygen-depleted air. "It's been a shocking waste of men and money", says a former senior Indian army officer and Siachen veteran. However, with time, the glacier has become a region of much military importance. The glacier is claimed by both India and Pakistan, with a large deployment by both sides. This would perhaps be comforting if the two combatants did not both have nuclear weapons. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}On 13 April 1984, Indian troops snatched control of the Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, narrowly beating Pakistan. Siachen is also an interesting hub for adventure lovers, mountaineers, and tourists. Since a ceasefire deal in 2003, the Pakistanis have given up trying. From very earlier, Kashmir problem, water disputes, active involvement in cold war and the wars of 1965 and 1971 were the bitter facts before the incident of Siachen. The Siachen Glacier is located in Northern Ladakh in the eastern Karakoram Range of the Himalayas. The Himalaya known as “Abode of the Gods” is situated to the north of Pakistan and extended towards China and India. India suspected Pakistan on Khalistan issue. Strategic Importance of Siachen Glacier, भारत के लिए इतना महत्वपूर्ण क्यों , Operation Meghdoot by UPSC IAS Exam 6:40 Hence, it will also be proved from this fact that in April 1984, India captured Saltroo Ridge and also two important passes, the Sia La (6160m) and Bilafond La (5550m) in the Pakistani region. Idea of Trans-boundary Peace Park is one of the solutions that could be followed by both countries. The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in Himalayas near the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan. It was realised only later that no large scale military operations can be carried out by either side across Saltoro Ridge and Siachen Glacier. Zia-ul-Haq and Rajiv Ghandi agreed in principle for the expansion of trade and economic relations and other political issues. But, Infect if the agreement is about to sign and relations were about to normalize then the political climate changed and the moment was lost. It is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second longest in the world's non-polar areas. T h e S i a c h e n G l a c i e r. For more than 17 blustery, shivering years, the Indian and Pakistani armies have been fighting a "No-Win" war on the 20,000-foot-high Siachen Glacier… Although the relations between both countries was not cordial even from its independence. The chances of a human body to develop blood clots is 100 times higher in Siachen than on sea level. Pakistan criticized Indian assistance to Kabul regime. There are also constant threats of avalanches, crevasses on the glacier, high-speed winds. 15 Crazy Facts About The Siachen Glacier That Will Make You Love Our Soldiers Even More. Throughout the 1970s, it gave permits to foreign mountaineers to climb around the glacier, fostering the impression this was Pakistani territory - until Col Kumar sounded the alarm. Current northern areas of Pakistan and K-2. Introduce technical means of monitoring and surveillance, permitting meaningful reductions of forces to be negotiated. But despite several ceasefire agreements, India and Pakistan have never officially demarcated the "line of control" in the extreme north of Kashmir, including the Siachen. Virtually hidden from public view, the world's highest conflict is moving into its fourth decade. The Siachen Glacier is in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya Mountains along the disputed India-Pakistan interim border at approximately .Siachen Glacier was the Land of Wild Roses before it became a battle field. He also aimed to advance further to K.2 but Pakistani Army becomes an obstacle in their purpose. Due to its strategic location, India wants to conquer K.2. Thirty years later, the two sides remain locked in a stand-off, but the Indian army mountaineer who inspired the operation says his country must hang on whatever the cost. Siachen is the world's largest non-polar glacier, and thus is sometimes referred to as the third pole. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Pfizer vaccine judged safe for use in UK next week. The Siachen is just the coldest of several fronts in the frozen conflict over Kashmir, with neither India or Pakistan prepared to take the first step. Thus, even today Siachen has no defined boundary and the armies of both countries were protecting the glacier from further advance against each other. "There will be no movement on Siachen until there's movement on everything else," predicts a former senior Indian intelligence officer. The struggle between India and Pakistan over the Siachen glacier has even spawned a new term: "oropolitics", or mountaineering with a political goal. "I bought the German's map and sent it straight to the director general of military operations," says Col Kumar, then in charge of the Indian army's mountain warfare school. Read about our approach to external linking. "A struggle of two bald men over a comb" is the verdict of Stephen Cohen, a US specialist on South Asia, dismissing the Siachen as "not militarily important". Did government 'mess up' on lockdown end date? Even today this idea is being followed by other countries for example, the Waterton- glacier International Peace Park between Canada and United States, The Kgalagadi Trans frontier Park between South Africa and Botswana and so on. In line with Karachi agreement of 1949, Cease-fire line was delineated up to Pt NJ9842.

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