Siachen victory silver jubilee celebratedApril 13th, 2009 - 10:47 pm ICT by IANS
Jammu, April 13 (IANS) On this day 25 years ago, the Indian Army launched its successful operation Meghdoot to thwart Pakistani plan to occupy Siachen glacier, the world’s highest altitude battle ground.
Lt.Gen. P.C. Bhardwaj of the Northern Command headquarters said the golden jubilee celebration of the Siachen war was “a saga of 25 years of guts, glory and sacrifice”.
He joined soldiers at the base camp of the glacier to pay tributes to the troops who died defending the borders and battled the Pakistan Army and the hostile weather conditions.
More soldiers die there because of the below minus 40 degree Celsius temperatures than fighting the enemy at the glacier, located at an altitude of 18,000 feet in the north of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region.
The glacier echoed with artillery fire for 19 years from 1984 to 2003, when the India-Pakistan ceasefire came into effect.
“The area referred to as the highest, coldest and perhaps unforgiving battlefield has witnessed the indomitable courage and supreme sacrifice by our undaunting soldiers,” a defence statement said.