A Pakistani Army report on battle casualties it suffered in various operations from 2003-10 makes a startling revelation. According to Economic Times
, the report says that the Pakistani Army has been losing 30 soldiers on an average in Siachen, the world’s highest battleground, without a shot being fired. There has been no firing on the glacier following a ceasefire between India and Pakistan. Despite this, medical complications, avalanches, bad weather and other perils associated with deployment at high altitudes has been killing Pakistani soldiers.
Pakistan recorded a total of 213 deaths at Siachen between 2003 and 2010. In April 2012, the Pakistani Army had lost 140 soldiers when an avalanche hit a military camp.
Pakistani soldier man the mountainous parts around the glacier. Indian soldiers are deployed on higher posts across the length and breadth of the glacier. So how many soldiers is India losing? In 2015, India lost only 5 soldiers to the extreme weather conditions in the area. There were six casualties in 2014 and 10 in 2013.
Official reports state that each year in 2007 and 2008, the Indian Army lost 4 casualties compared to Pakistan’s 12 and 13, respectively.
Though India has lost 846 soldiers in the last 30 years
, the reason behind the reduction in number of casualties on the Indian side is because of better equipment, resources, training and medical facilities. India spends close to Rs.60,000 for knitting up each soldier for three months. The cost includes the price of Goretex suits and down jackets, essential for surviving the bone chilling cold.