Siachen: Gayari Sector Tragedy-Let’s Hope for a Miracle


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Siachen: Gayari sector Tragedy

NADEEM MALIK

As many as 135 persons including 124 army soldiers and 11 civilians (paid out of def estb) of 6 Northern Light Infantry Battalion came under a huge snow slide early this morning in Gayari sector near Skardu. Snow slide is covering an area of 1 sq kilometer. This battalion headquarter is situated at same place for last 20 years and no incident of this nature has happened. However immediately after the incident Rescue efforts went in on. Sniffing dogs, helicopters and troops on ground are employed on rescue efforts.

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سیاچن: فوج کے شعبہ تعلقات عامہ کے مطابق ابھی تک وہاں سے کسی زخمی یا ہلاک ہونے والے شخص کو نہیں نکالا گیا۔ برفانی تودے کو کاٹنے کے لیے مزید مشینری کو بھی علاقے میں بھجوا دیا گیا ہے۔پاکستانی فوج کےترجمان میجر جنرل اطہر عباس نے بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ ان افراد کو ڈھونڈنے کے لیے کارروائیاں جاری ہیں اور موجودہ صورتحال میں ’اگر کوئی زندہ بچ گیا تو یہ ہماری خوش قسمتی ہو گی۔‘ان کا کہنا تھا کہ برفانی تودہ ایک مربع کلومیٹر وسیع اور ساٹھ سے اسی فٹ اونچا ہے تام مختلف اطراف سے …کھدائی کی جا رہی ہے۔ فوجی ذرائع کے مطابق برفانی تودے کا حُجم بہت بڑا ہے اس لیے اُسے کاٹنے میں وقت لگ سکتا ہے۔ذرائع نے کہا کہ آپریشن کے مکمل ہونےمیں کئی دن لگ سکتے ہیں کیونکہ جس علاقے میں یہ حادثہ پیش آیا ہے وہاں درجہ حرارت منفی ستر ڈگری سینٹی گریڈ تک گر سکتا ہے۔اس سے قبل میجر جنرل اطہر عباس نے بتایا کہ فوج کے جس صدر دفتر پر یہ برفانی تودہ گرا ہے وہ وہاں بیس سال سے قائم تھا اور ایسا واقعہ کبھی پہلے دیکھنے یا سننے میں نہیں آیا ہے۔فوجی حکام کا کہنا تھا کہ برفانی تودہ سنیچر کی صبح چھ بجے گرا اور اس کی زد میں ایک پورا بٹالین ہیڈ کوارٹر آ گیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وقت کے اعتبار سے یہ حادثہ غیرمعمولی ہے کیونکہ برف کے تودے عموماً ایک گرم دن کے بعد شام کے وقت گرتے ہیں۔ بی بی سی [تصویر-میجر ذکاء الحق بھی گیاری سیکٹر میں موجود تھے جب برفانی تودے نے اُن کے ہیڈ کوارٹر کو آ لیا]

At least 240 Pakistani troops and civilians worked at the site of the disaster at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier with the aid of sniffer dogs and heavy machinery, said the army.
But they struggled to dig through some 25 meters (80 feet) of snow, boulders and mud that slid down the mountain early Saturday morning.
Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said Sunday evening that it was unclear whether any of the people who were buried are still alive. At least 124 soldiers from the 6th Northern Light Infantry Battalion and 11 civilian contractors are missing.
”Miracles have been seen and trapped people were rescued after days … so the nation shall pray for the trapped soldiers,” Abbas said in an interview.
Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the site Sunday to supervise rescue operations.
The US sent a team of eight experts to Islamabad to provide technical assistance, said the Pakistani army. Pakistan will consult with the team to determine what help is needed to expedite the rescue operation.
The avalanche in Siachen, which is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan, highlighted the risks of deploying troops to one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
The thousands of soldiers from both nations stationed there brave viciously cold temperatures, altitude sickness, high winds and isolation for months at a time.
Troops have been posted at elevations of up to 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) and have skirmished intermittently since 1984, though the area has been quiet since a cease-fire in 2003. The glacier is known as the world’s highest battlefield.
Abbas, the army spokesman, said the headquarters that was buried was located in an area previously believed to be safe. At an altitude of around 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), it is the main gateway through which troops and supplies pass on their way to more remote outposts.
More soldiers have died from the weather than combat on the glacier, which was uninhabited before troops moved there.
Conflict there began in 1984 when India occupied the heights of the 78-kilometer (49-mile)-long glacier. (Dawn)

Amountaineering expert Colonel Sher Khan disagreed. “There is no hope, there is no chance at all,” he told AFP.
“You can survive only in the first 5-10 minutes,” he said. “The casualties in avalanches occur due to pressure of heavy weight, extreme cold and lack of oxygen.” Apart from bulldozers and excavators, chemicals were being used to melt the ice. But due to harsh weather and great height, the rescue work is slow. The victims are trapped in one of the most unforgiving environments on the earth, at an altitude of 15,000 feet in the Karakoram mountain range.
Gen Kayani appreciated the morale and efforts of the troops who were braving harsh weather conditions and inhospitable terrain and directed the commanders to leave ‘no stone unturned’ to reach out to the trapped troops. He said that the calamity, in no way, should affect the morale of the troops defending their homeland at the world’s highest battlefield.
An eight-member team of US experts, meanwhile, arrived in Rawalpindi on Sunday to provide technical assistance in the rescue operation. According to a military statement, discussion will be held with the US team to find out the possibility and nature of assistance required to expedite the rescue operation. Offer of technical assistance from other friendly countries is also being considered. (Express Tribune)

Names of persons buried under snow slide in Gayari sector near Skardu.

Officers
1. PA-32596 Lt Col Tanvir Ul Hassan
2. PA-39548 Maj Zaka Ul Haq
3. PA-105358 Capt Haleem Ullah( AMC)
Junior Commission Officers
4. N/Sub Khurshid
5. N/Sub Didar
6. N/Sub Malik
7. N/Sub Iftikhar
Havildar
8. Hav Rehber
9. Hav Haji Shafayat
10. Hav Zakir
11. Hav Gulfraz
12. Hav Shah Nawaz
13. Hav Musadiq
14. Hav Rustam
15. Hav Shad
16. Hav Ghulam Muhammad
17. Hav Sher Nayab
18. Hav Ishaq
19. Hav Tanvir
Lance Havildar / NaiK
20. L/Hav Mustafa
21. L/Hav Ghulam Qadir
22. Nk Ashraf
23. Nk Sartaj
24. Nk Mudasar
25. Nk Jabbar
Lance Naik / Sepoy
26. Lnk Irshad
27. Lnk Sami Ullah
28. Lnk Sharafat
29. Lnk Mustafa
30. Lnk Himayat
31. Lnk Altaf
32. Lnk Mir Hussain
33. Lnk Irfan
34. Sep Ali Zar
35. Sep Saleem
36. Sep Malik Riaz
37. Sep Jamil
38. Sep Akhtar
39. Sep Nadir Wali
40. Sep Israr
41. Sep Sajid
42. Sep Naseer
43. Sep Dildar
44. Sep Zaman
45. Sep Irfan Khalil
46. Sep Waseem
47. Sep Ehsan
48. Sep Ashraf
49. Sep Riaz
50. Sep Shoaib
51. Sep Iqbal
52. Sep Mumtaz
53. Sep Haider
54. Sep Mehtab
55. Zulqarnain
56. Sep Ghulab Shah
57. Sep Rehmat Wali
58. Sep Nadeem
59. Sep Nafs Ali
60. Sep Nadeem Hashmi
61. Sep Qurban
62. Sep Muhammad Khan
63. Sep Akbar
64. Sep Ali Muhammad
65. Sep Muhammad Ali
66. Sep Amin
67. Sep Fiaz
68. Sep Shakeel
69. Sep Siraj
70. Sep Fazal Abbas
71. Sep Javed
72. Sep Javed
73. Sep Sakhi Zaman
74. Sep Sajjad Kazmi
75. Sep Fida Hussain
76. Sep Naeem
77. Sep Shamim
78. Sep Zakir
79. Sep Nisar Hussain
80. Sep Aurangzeb
81. Sep Arshad
82. Sep Sultan
83. Sep Muhammad Hussain
84. Sep Nasir
85. Sep Ilyas
86. Sep Mukhtiar
87. Sep Fida Hussain
88. Sep Zaheer
89. Sep Naseer
90. Sep Aftab
91. Sep Adil
92. Sep Muzamil
93. Sep Sarfraz
94. Sep Shameer
95. Sep Soba Khan
96. Sep Abid
97. Sep Ishaq
98. Sep Aksar Zaman
99. Sep Najeeb Ullah
100. Sep Siraj Ud Din
101. Sep Jaffar
102. Sep Ansar
103. Sep Ishaq
104. Sep Ghulam Rasool
105. Sep Muhammad Hussain
106. Sep Jumma khan
107. Sep Muhammad Ali
108. Sep Zakir Kawardo
109. Sep Ghulam Mehdi
110. Sep Ghazi Shah
111. Sep Sana Ullah
112. Sep Imtiaz
113. Sep Hameed Ullah
114. Sep Sadiq Gultri
115. Sep Gul Daz ( FS Sec)
Clerks
116. Nk / Clk Ghulam Nabi
117. Nk/ Clk Ghulam Ali
Cooks
118. Sep/Ck Muhammad Ali
119. Sep/Ck Karim
120. Sep/Ck Ghulam Mehdi
Sweepers
121. Moon Gul
122. Asif
123. Naveed
124. Ali
Civilian (paid out of defence establishment)
125. Jalil (Waiter)
126. Hameed ( Waiter)
127. Nasrullah (Barber)
128. Muhammad Ameer (Barber)
129. Waheed ( Canteen)
130. Azeem (Canteen)
131. Sarfraz (Dhobi)
132. Wali (Dhobi)
133. Noor Shah ali (Dhobi)
134. Sabir (Tailor)
135. Ghulam Rasool (NCB) – Uncfm/Suspected

For information regarding buried soldiers in snow slide in Gyari Sector, contact following helpline numbers:-
1. 05150932040,
2. 0515590212
3. 03215136525.
A helpline has also been established in Gilgit (Headquarter FCNA). Telephone numbers are:-
1. 05811920181
2. 05811920335.