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‘Pak sought troop pullout from Siachen’

Pak Army had suffered heavy casualties in an avalanche last month in Siachen.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 3:35 am

Pakistan requested India for mutual withdrawal of troops from the Siachen area after it suffered heavy casualties in an avalanche last month,Defence Minister A K Antony confirmed to the Lok Sabha on Monday.

He responded with a “yes” in a written reply to MPs AT Nana Patil and Suresh Angadi who had asked whether Pakistan had requested India for “withdrawal of their respective troops” in the region after the incident.

Antony said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had also raised the issue — along with Sir Creek and Kashmir — during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in April. “Both leaders felt the need to move forward step by step and find pragmatic and mutually acceptable solutions to all those issues,” he said.

Antony had revealed a week ago that 26 soldiers died at the world’s highest battlefield last year. With no combat operations since the 2004 ceasefire,all casualties occurred due to weather-related issues or accidents.

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