This is with reference to resolution of the Siachen conflict. Sadly, mutual distrust has led the two countries to bear a heavy financial and human cost of keeping troops at such a high altitude. More than 2000 people have died so far in this inhospitable terrain.
The presence of troops at the Siachen glacier has not improved the security of Pakistan or India. Since 1984, India and Pakistan twice came close to resolving the Siachen dispute but failed to clinch the final deal mainly because of mutual distrust.
On 11-12 June Islamabad hosted a round of talks with India over the Siachen glacier in a bid to come to some sort of settlement on the issue. Talks, however, remained an exercise in futility. Adding to the misery was the fact that the Indian army rejected all Pakistani suggestions of demilitarisation of Siachen glacier unless Pakistan agrees to Actual Ground Position Line on the glacier.
It is high time for India to understand that keeping troops at Siachen is useless proposition. Neither Pakistan nor India has gained anything from it. In fact, they have lost a large number of people only to protect false notions of national pride. Unless Pakistan and India overcome their historical biases and mutual distrust, both will continue to lose their soldiers and waste a huge amount of material resources for a worthless cause.