Speaking to reporters during his third visit to Gyari sector to review rescue and search operation at the site of avalanche , the army chief said that India had toughened its stance on Siachen as that of 1989.
He said that India had been demanding approval of line of control but now it had started asking for re-determination of positions. “It takes two hands to clap,” he added.
Earlier, he was briefed about the progress of ongoing work including the efforts to create a water course to safely drain the lake formed by blocking of Gayari river by the avalanche. According to a statement issued by the ISPR, media wing of the army, the satellite data link also became operational today, which would allow real time video monitoring of relief work from GHQ.
Kayani remained with the troops for some time and lauded their motivation in face of tough conditions and extreme weather. He appreciated their resolve to upkeep Army’s proud tradition of not leaving a man behind, until humanly possible, regardless of cost.
The COAS was also accompanied by Commander Rawalpindi Corps and a media team, invited to witness firsthand, the ongoing activities at disaster site.