Islamabad: Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has declared presence of Indian troops on Siachen Glacier very dangerous and a serious threat to the environment of Pakistan.
In an radio to radio Pakistan, he said that Pakistan was facing a water shortage and Indian forces were damaging one of the largest sources of water to Pakistan on a regular basis.
Presence of Indian forces on Siachen is a big issue and should be resolved as soon as possible, Aziz stated insisting that India should pull out its troops from the glacier.
He said that items of daily use disposed of by thousands of Indian soldiers are threatening the existence of the glacier.
According to environmentalists‚ glacial retreat on Himalayas and Karakorum ranges has accelerated during the recent years because of human presence on the glaciers.
Regarding outstanding water issues between Pakistan and India‚ the advisor said both countries were engaged to resolve them through multiple channels including Pakistan-India composite dialogue and Indus Water Commission.
Sartaj Aziz stressed on the proper usage of water in Pakistan‚ its conservation and building of new water reservoirs. He said Senate has recently formed a committee to deliberate various dimensions of water related issues and suggest its recommendations.