Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in northern Kashmir on a three-day visit, during which he is scheduled to address troops deployed at a glacier -- the world's highest battlefield.
His first stopover was India's most remote city of Leh in Kashmir's Ladakh district, where he was cheered by local crowds. Mr. Singh gave them a promise that his government will improve the region's connections with the rest of India by modernizing the airport, roads, and telecommunications networks.
On Sunday Mr. Singh heads for the Siachen Glacier, where Indian and Pakistani soldiers remain eyeball to eyeball and where cold has killed more soldiers than enemy fire. The glacier has been quiet since 2003 when the two neighbors declared a ceasefire in Kashmir.
Mr. Singh will be the first Indian prime minister to visit Siachen.