Gayari Sector: Body of Lt Col Tanvir ul Hassan Recovered

After colossal efforts of two months brave and courageous soldiers of Pakistan Army rescued dead the body Lt Col Tanveer ul Hassan, Commanding Officer of Six Northern Light Infantry Battalion. Earlier too, the dead bodies of six soldiers including Maj Zaka ul Haq have been recovered by the troops participating in the relief and rescued operation at Gayari sector of Siachen.

The incident occurred at about an altitude of 16,000 feet that is located 180 miles northeast of Skardu, the capital of Baltistan. The rescue operation is underway, troops with sniffer dogs, aided by helicopters, are recklessly trying to find the soldiers in the deep snow after the avalanche engulfed the camp in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. At present heavy machines which include Dumpers, Dozers, Excavators and Loaders are working at the search site.

According to ISPR a 450 meters long access track has been developed and improved by adding sub grade to improve traction for wheeled plant equipment on the avalanche to access the priority points. The work on both main access tracks has been carried out to increase the total length to 1.5 kilometers.

The weather continues to be harsh and unfriendly, posing operational and administrative difficulties for both men and machines busy in the rescue operation. However, the weather hazards and colossal work at hand have not been able to flinch resolve of man busy in the rescue efforts.
COAS of Pakistan Army has already said that rescue operation will continue till the recovery of last shaheed. The army has also declared the buried soldiers as martyred.

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PM Gilani Meets Family of Lt Col Tanvir; Lauds Defenders of Frontiers

Rawalpindi: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday met the family of Lieutenant Colonel Tanvir ul Hassan to express solidarity with them over the avalanche incident at Siachen.

Lt Col Tanvir ul Hassan, the Commanding Officer of the 6 Northern Light Infantry, is among the 138 soldiers and civilians buried under a massive avalanche at Gayari sector in Siachen.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister for Capital Administration and Development Nazar Mohammad Gondal and Special Assistance to Prime Minister Shahnaz Wazir Ali.

Prime Minister Gilani’s meeting with the family of Lt Col Tanvir took place at the Rear Headquarters of Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA), where on arrival he was received by Corps Commander of 10 Corps Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Khan.

Gilani met Lt Col Tanvir’s mother, wife, brother and children aged 14, 11 and 6 years and comforted them. He said the nation was proud of its valiant soldiers and stood along them in the hour of trial.

The mother of Lt Col Tanvir requested Prime Minister Gilani to pray for the safety of his son, to which he apprised that the whole nation was observing Youm-e-Dua today on the appeal of Defence Committee of Cabinet, to seek Allah’s blessings for those buried under tons of avalanche.

“We are with you in praying for the blessings of Allah Almighty. Every possible effort is being made. InshaAllah, Allah will do better,” Gilani told the family.

He lauded the courage and zeal of the officers and Jawans of the Pakistan Army, who brave the extremities of the weather at Siachen, to defend their motherland.

He said the nation would never forget the sacrifices of its armed forces.