STORY: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind visited Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, and interacted with soldiers on Thursday (May 10).
The president laid a wreath at a memorial in the camp and later interacted with the soldiers posted there. Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat was also present.
Kovind said it was an honour to meet the soldiers whose valour and bravery kept the country’s border safe. He said Siachen was the world’s highest battlefield and it was difficult to live even a normal life in the extreme climate.
Kovind is the second president to visit the Siachen base camp. Former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam had previously visited the camp in 2004.
Siachen is in the northern part of the Himalayan region of Kashmir. Indian and Pakistani forces, estimated to number between 10,000 and 20,000 troops combined, have faced off against each other in mountains above the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram range since 1984.
The no-man’s-land of Siachen is 20,000 feet above sea level. Military experts say the inhospitable climate and avalanche-prone terrain have claimed more lives than gunfire..