India won’t quit Siachen, says minister

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NEW DELHI: India ruled out on Friday withdrawal of army personnel from Siachen Glacier and said Pakistan might occupy the strategic area if India vacated it.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Lok Sabha that vacating Siachen could lead to greater loss of lives.
“I know we have to pay the price and I salute our armed forces personnel. But we have to maintain this position… The position is very important from the strategic point,” he said while replying to questions about the recent death of 10 soldiers in an avalanche at the glacier.