Armies of India, Pakistan, egos ‘biggest hurdle in resolving Siachen issue’: Mukhtar

Islamabad, June 3: Pakistan Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has stressed that the biggest problem in resolving the Siachen issue were the armies of both India and akistan.

In an interview to BBC Urdu, Mukhtar pointed out that the only way to coexist was to sit at the table and discuss the matter.

He said that neither Pakistan nor India stood to gain anything from the stand-off on the world’s highest battleground, rather it was more important to satiate respective egos.

“We think we can come to an agreement. India wants to talk on the Sir Creek issue first, we want to talk about Siachen first – the same issue of egos,” The Express Tribune quoted Mukhtar, as saying.

“I think Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Pervez Kayani understands this issue better than all of us and will help reach a decision when the time comes,” he added.

According to the report, when asked if Islamabad wants a solution, why does it not make the first move, Mukhtar responded that India was a big country, and Pakistan expects that it would demonstrate magnanimity by making the first move.

He also said that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani wanted to resolve the Siachen issue via dialogue. (ANI)