Modi set to visit Siachen later this month

NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit forward posts in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region later this month, where 900 Indian soldiers have been killed since 1984.

Modi is slated to visit Leh and Kargil districts to dedicate two hydro-electric projects next week and would use the occasion to visit the glacial heights of Siachen. "Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag will accompany him to the forward posts," said an official.

Indian soldiers control almost all the dominating heights, ranging from 16,000 to 22,000 feet, in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region, where more soldiers are killed due to the harsh weather and avalanches than enemy fire.

Incidentally, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh is slated to visit Islamabad to meet her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on August 25 which is being seen as an attempt to revive the stalled composite dialogue process. Siachen, often described as the world's highest, coldest and costliest battlefield, is one of the eight points in the dialogue process.

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