Siachen integral part of India, says Antony

Emphasising that the Siachen Glacier is an integral part of India, Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday said the issue that remained to be resolved in Jammu and Kashmir was Pakistan vacating the area under its illegal occupation.

Mr. Antony reiterated in the Lok Sabha India’s commitment to resolve all outstanding issues bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration.

In a written reply to a question by Manish Tewari (Congress) on demilitarisation of the Siachen Glacier, Mr. Antony said the government’s principled and consistent position was that the entire J&K was an integral part of the Indian Union.

“A part of the territory of the State is under the illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan. The issue that remains to be resolved in Jammu and Kashmir is vacation by Pakistan of that area.”