Siachen - The Worlds Highest Battlefield
The Siachen glacier, located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya
Mountains, is one of the five largest glaciers in the Karakoram, situated at an
average altitude of 18,000 feet above sea level. At 78 km long, it is the
longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world's non-polar
areas. Most of the Siachen Glacier falls under the LoC (Line of Control), a
hotly contested territory between Pakistan and India. Since 1984, both countries
have been fighting intermittently for sovereignty over this region, because of
which the Siachen glacier is sometimes called the highest battleground on earth.
The conflict in Siachen stems from the incompletely demarcated territory on the
map of this region. After the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971, an agreement was signed
between the two countries in 1972, which came to be known as the Shimla
Agreement, but it failed to clearly mention who controlled the glacier. UN
officials presumed there would be no dispute between India and Pakistan over
such a cold and barren region. They were wrong.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 July 2012 )