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     February  08,  2016

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Protection of Lives of Soldiers on Siachen, End of Siachen Dispute

We, Aaghaz-e-Dosti are a group of youths working for Indo-Pak Peace through various ways such as peace education, advocacy and others.

We know that you, as a head of country are working towards the same through your government as well as through your personal innovative ways that we have seen. We understand that you are aware about core issues of conflict between the two countries and also about victims of these conflicts. We appreciate, respect and support your efforts towards
peace.

Recently, an avalanche on Siachen claimed lives of 10 Indian soldiers. Many such avalanche and other climatic incidents over this glacier have claimed lives of soldiers of India and Pakistan both. This is a glacier where dispute of land started in 1984 in the reign of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Since then this glacier deployment of security forces resulted as loss of lives and economy of both countries as more than 200 million dollars is expenditure over this deployment. It is a wonder that this deployment was not even considered necessary till 1984 while India and Pakistan had fought two wars till then.

Many appeals of civil societies to Governments of India and Pakistan in past appealed to declare Siachen as Peace Park and start demilitarization of both armies from there.
Despite efforts, it could not be done by the previous governments due to reasons known to them. As, now there is change in government and you have shown a positive angle towards resuming talks and resolving disputes, we request you to take up this issue and start resolving the Siachen dispute.

As, Siachen is a ‘constructed’ conflict and it happened due to failure of dialogues between the two countries, it can be resolved by both governments together. Also, if it will be resolved, it will not only save lives of soldiers, but also economy and glacier environment. It will be able to send a message across the globe that issues can be resolved and India and Pakistan has the will to do that.

With such request, we would also like to add that rather just declaring it a Peace Park or to use it as conflict base for military deployment, it would be better if both
countries together can set up a jointly operated laboratory for glacial research in Siachen. This will be more fruitful in view of the objective that a place of conflict can be
known as a place from where people are working for global challenges.

We see hope and courage in you to resolve this conflict.



Regards,

Aliya Harir and Devika Mittal (Conveners)

on behalf of Team Aaghaz-e-Dosti

 

 

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