12 bodies of Pakistanis recovered from avalanche

Islamabad, Dec 1: Pakistan army Saturday discovered 12 bodies of soldiers and civilians buried under the snow in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir along the Line of Control (LoC) with India, Xinhua reported.

A total of 21 people — 11 soldiers and 10 civilians — went missing at Sharda sector early Thursday after an avalanche hit the area along the Line of Control (LoC) with India.

The army found out three soldiers’ bodies Friday and pulled out a total of 12 bodies Saturday, a statement from the Pakistan army’s Inter-Services Public Relations said.

The search for the other missing people, however, was still underway, it added.

On April 7, a massive avalanche hit a Pakistani army camp in the Siachen Glacier area, the world’s highest battle-ground, where thousands of Pakistani and Indian soldiers perform duties in harsh cold across the LoC that divides Kashmir.

IANS