The Chief of Indian Army Gen. J.J. Singh Friday defended the country's right to send trekkers to Siachen in a clear response to Pakistan's objections to such expeditions. General Singh told reporters in Kolkata that Indians were well within their rights to send trekkers to Siachen and that they were actively encouraging tourists to go on mountaineering expeditions to the glacial heights.
Indian defense ministry had cleared bureaucratic hurdles Tuesday for tourists to head to Siachen, overruling objections from Pakistan. Considering the tough terrain, the army has organized an acclimatization and training module for trekkers at Leh from Sep 19 to Oct 11.
The central government of India has made it clear to Pakistan that the glacial heights will remain 'non-negotiable', till it accepts Indian conditions for clear-cut 'authentication' of the 110-km Actual Ground Position Line, both on the map and on the ground