Monday, April 09, 2012

FW: Siachen: Gayari sector Tragedy-Let’s hope for a miracle

Siachen: Gayari sector Tragedy
 


 
As many as 135 persons including 124 army soldiers and 11 civilians (paid out of def estb) of 6 Northern Light Infantry Battalion came under a huge snow slide early this morning in Gayari sector near Skardu. Snow slide is covering an area of 1 sq kilometer. This battalion headquarter is situated at same place for last 20 years and no incident of this nature has happened. However immediately after the incident Rescue efforts went in on. Sniffing dogs, helicopters and troops on ground are employed on rescue efforts.

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سیاچن: فوج کے شعبہ تعلقات عامہ کے مطابق ابھی تک وہاں سے کسی زخمی یا ہلاک ہونے والے شخص کو نہیں نکالا گیا۔ برفانی تودے کو کاٹنے کے لیے مزید مشینری کو بھی علاقے میں بھجوا دیا گیا ہے۔پاکستانی فوج کےترجمان میجر جنرل اطہر عباس نے بی بی سی سے بات کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ ان افراد کو ڈھونڈنے کے لیے کارروائیاں جاری ہیں اور موجودہ صورتحال میں 'اگر کوئی زندہ بچ گیا تو یہ ہماری خوش قسمتی ہو گی۔'ان کا کہنا تھا کہ برفانی تودہ ایک مربع کلومیٹر وسیع اور ساٹھ سے اسی فٹ اونچا ہے تام مختلف اطراف سے ...کھدائی کی جا رہی ہے۔ فوجی ذرائع کے مطابق برفانی تودے کا حُجم بہت بڑا ہے اس لیے اُسے کاٹنے میں وقت لگ سکتا ہے۔ذرائع نے کہا کہ آپریشن کے مکمل ہونےمیں کئی دن لگ سکتے ہیں کیونکہ جس علاقے میں یہ حادثہ پیش آیا ہے وہاں درجہ حرارت منفی ستر ڈگری سینٹی گریڈ تک گر سکتا ہے۔اس سے قبل میجر جنرل اطہر عباس نے بتایا کہ فوج کے جس صدر دفتر پر یہ برفانی تودہ گرا ہے وہ وہاں بیس سال سے قائم تھا اور ایسا واقعہ کبھی پہلے دیکھنے یا سننے میں نہیں آیا ہے۔فوجی حکام کا کہنا تھا کہ برفانی تودہ سنیچر کی صبح چھ بجے گرا اور اس کی زد میں ایک پورا بٹالین ہیڈ کوارٹر آ گیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وقت کے اعتبار سے یہ حادثہ غیرمعمولی ہے کیونکہ برف کے تودے عموماً ایک گرم دن کے بعد شام کے وقت گرتے ہیں۔ بی بی سی [تصویر-میجر ذکاء الحق بھی گیاری سیکٹر میں موجود تھے جب برفانی تودے نے اُن کے ہیڈ کوارٹر کو آ لیا]
 
At least 240 Pakistani troops and civilians worked at the site of the disaster at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier with the aid of sniffer dogs and heavy machinery, said the army.
But they struggled to dig through some 25 meters (80 feet) of snow, boulders and mud that slid down the mountain early Saturday morning.
Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said Sunday evening that it was unclear whether any of the people who were buried are still alive. At least 124 soldiers from the 6th Northern Light Infantry Battalion and 11 civilian contractors are missing.
"Miracles have been seen and trapped people were rescued after days … so the nation shall pray for the trapped soldiers," Abbas said in an interview.
Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the site Sunday to supervise rescue operations.
The US sent a team of eight experts to Islamabad to provide technical assistance, said the Pakistani army. Pakistan will consult with the team to determine what help is needed to expedite the rescue operation.
The avalanche in Siachen, which is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan, highlighted the risks of deploying troops to one of the most inhospitable places on earth.
The thousands of soldiers from both nations stationed there brave viciously cold temperatures, altitude sickness, high winds and isolation for months at a time.
Troops have been posted at elevations of up to 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) and have skirmished intermittently since 1984, though the area has been quiet since a cease-fire in 2003. The glacier is known as the world's highest battlefield.
Abbas, the army spokesman, said the headquarters that was buried was located in an area previously believed to be safe. At an altitude of around 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), it is the main gateway through which troops and supplies pass on their way to more remote outposts.
More soldiers have died from the weather than combat on the glacier, which was uninhabited before troops moved there.
Conflict there began in 1984 when India occupied the heights of the 78-kilometer (49-mile)-long glacier. (Dawn)
 
Amountaineering expert Colonel Sher Khan disagreed. "There is no hope, there is no chance at all," he told AFP.
"You can survive only in the first 5-10 minutes," he said. "The casualties in avalanches occur due to pressure of heavy weight, extreme cold and lack of oxygen." Apart from bulldozers and excavators, chemicals were being used to melt the ice. But due to harsh weather and great height, the rescue work is slow. The victims are trapped in one of the most unforgiving environments on the earth, at an altitude of 15,000 feet in the Karakoram mountain range.
Gen Kayani appreciated the morale and efforts of the troops who were braving harsh weather conditions and inhospitable terrain and directed the commanders to leave 'no stone unturned' to reach out to the trapped troops. He said that the calamity, in no way, should affect the morale of the troops defending their homeland at the world's highest battlefield.
An eight-member team of US experts, meanwhile, arrived in Rawalpindi on Sunday to provide technical assistance in the rescue operation. According to a military statement, discussion will be held with the US team to find out the possibility and nature of assistance required to expedite the rescue operation. Offer of technical assistance from other friendly countries is also being considered. (Express Tribune)
 
 
Names of persons buried under snow slide in Gayari sector near Skardu.



Officers

1. PA-32596 Lt Col Tanvir Ul Hassan

2. PA-39548 Maj Zaka Ul Haq

3. PA-105358 Capt Haleem Ullah( AMC)

Junior Commission Officers

4. N/Sub Khurshid

5. N/Sub Didar

6. N/Sub Malik

7. N/Sub Iftikhar

Havildar

8. Hav Rehber

9. Hav Haji Shafayat

10. Hav Zakir

11. Hav Gulfraz

12. Hav Shah Nawaz

13. Hav Musadiq

14. Hav Rustam

15. Hav Shad

16. Hav Ghulam Muhammad

17. Hav Sher Nayab

18. Hav Ishaq

19. Hav Tanvir

Lance Havildar / NaiK

20. L/Hav Mustafa

21. L/Hav Ghulam Qadir

22. Nk Ashraf

23. Nk Sartaj

24. Nk Mudasar

25. Nk Jabbar

Lance Naik / Sepoy

26. Lnk Irshad

27. Lnk Sami Ullah

28. Lnk Sharafat

29. Lnk Mustafa

30. Lnk Himayat

31. Lnk Altaf

32. Lnk Mir Hussain

33. Lnk Irfan

34. Sep Ali Zar

35. Sep Saleem

36. Sep Malik Riaz

37. Sep Jamil

38. Sep Akhtar

39. Sep Nadir Wali

40. Sep Israr

41. Sep Sajid

42. Sep Naseer

43. Sep Dildar

44. Sep Zaman

45. Sep Irfan Khalil

46. Sep Waseem

47. Sep Ehsan

48. Sep Ashraf

49. Sep Riaz

50. Sep Shoaib

51. Sep Iqbal

52. Sep Mumtaz

53. Sep Haider

54. Sep Mehtab

55. Zulqarnain

56. Sep Ghulab Shah

57. Sep Rehmat Wali

58. Sep Nadeem

59. Sep Nafs Ali

60. Sep Nadeem Hashmi

61. Sep Qurban

62. Sep Muhammad Khan

63. Sep Akbar

64. Sep Ali Muhammad

65. Sep Muhammad Ali

66. Sep Amin

67. Sep Fiaz

68. Sep Shakeel

69. Sep Siraj

70. Sep Fazal Abbas

71. Sep Javed

72. Sep Javed

73. Sep Sakhi Zaman

74. Sep Sajjad Kazmi

75. Sep Fida Hussain

76. Sep Naeem

77. Sep Shamim

78. Sep Zakir

79. Sep Nisar Hussain

80. Sep Aurangzeb

81. Sep Arshad

82. Sep Sultan

83. Sep Muhammad Hussain

84. Sep Nasir

85. Sep Ilyas

86. Sep Mukhtiar

87. Sep Fida Hussain

88. Sep Zaheer

89. Sep Naseer

90. Sep Aftab

91. Sep Adil

92. Sep Muzamil

93. Sep Sarfraz

94. Sep Shameer

95. Sep Soba Khan

96. Sep Abid

97. Sep Ishaq

98. Sep Aksar Zaman

99. Sep Najeeb Ullah

100. Sep Siraj Ud Din

101. Sep Jaffar

102. Sep Ansar

103. Sep Ishaq

104. Sep Ghulam Rasool

105. Sep Muhammad Hussain

106. Sep Jumma khan

107. Sep Muhammad Ali

108. Sep Zakir Kawardo

109. Sep Ghulam Mehdi

110. Sep Ghazi Shah

111. Sep Sana Ullah

112. Sep Imtiaz

113. Sep Hameed Ullah

114. Sep Sadiq Gultri

115. Sep Gul Daz ( FS Sec)

Clerks

116. Nk / Clk Ghulam Nabi

117. Nk/ Clk Ghulam Ali

Cooks

118. Sep/Ck Muhammad Ali

119. Sep/Ck Karim

120. Sep/Ck Ghulam Mehdi

Sweepers

121. Moon Gul

122. Asif

123. Naveed

124. Ali

Civilian (paid out of defence establishment)

125. Jalil (Waiter)

126. Hameed ( Waiter)

127. Nasrullah (Barber)

128. Muhammad Ameer (Barber)

129. Waheed ( Canteen)

130. Azeem (Canteen)

131. Sarfraz (Dhobi)

132. Wali (Dhobi)

133. Noor Shah ali (Dhobi)

134. Sabir (Tailor)

135. Ghulam Rasool (NCB) - Uncfm/Suspected

 
For information regarding buried soldiers in snow slide in Gyari Sector, contact following helpline numbers:-
1. 05150932040,
2. 0515590212
3. 03215136525.
A helpline has also been established in Gilgit (Headquarter FCNA). Telephone numbers are:-
1. 05811920181
2. 05811920335.   
 
 
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