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Pakistan Urges India to Mutual Troop Withdrawal from Siachen Glacier

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Pakistan is urging India to agree to a mutual troop withdrawal from the disputed Siachen Glacier in Kashmir.

Pakistan called for the move Monday -- one day after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the glacier and said he wanted to turn it into a mountain of peace.

A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jalil Abbas Jilani says he has always maintained that the Siachen issue should be resolved peacefully between India and Pakistan.

The glacier is the world's highest battlefield. Thousands of troops have been deployed there since 1983, but more have died from the extreme conditions than by enemy fire.

India and Pakistan have so far failed to make progress in their talks on the standoff despite a cease-fire in Kashmir since November, 2003.
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