NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s proposal, for demilitarisation of Siachen from both countries, has been strongly opposed by the Indian Army and clarified that the strategically important icy heights will not be left empty.
The Indian army put across its stand on the issue after Advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, asked India to withdraw troops from there saying that they posed a serious threat to Pakistan’s environment.
“The Army would 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,” India media reported Army officials having said in New Delhi.
Last year, Indian Army Chief, Gen Bikram Singh, had said that the Indian military would not move out of Siachen Glacier.
Pakistan has been pushing for demilitarisation of Siachen but India has always rejected the proposal.