A new research study by famous Pakistan scholar Dr. Farrukh Saleem reveals that expenses of this ‘cold war’ continuing for last 28 years have become unbearable for both nuclear states of South Asia.
Report said that a simple uniform essential to stay at check posts in Siachin costs about Rs. 1,00,000.
Both Pakistan and India have 150 check posts in the area with deploy of 6,000 military troops by each state.
“Pakistan has reserved six helicopters for transportation of eatables and armory costing about Rs. 55,000 per hour,” the report quoted.
The report estimated that a likely 100-hour war between Pakistan and India on Siachin Glaciers would cost something around $ 3 to 5 billion.
“Pakistan is spending $ 200 to 300 million every year to sustain its presence which means daily expense of troops there is about Rs. 50 million.”
Most of killings of troops are caused not by war but by extreme cold and avalanches. Since 1984, around 4,000 troops of Pakistan Army lost their lives.
The report informed that surprise operation by Qama’on Regiment of Indian forces on April 13, 1984 consumed $ 3 billion of the largest democratic country of the world.