Tuesday,21 April 2015  
07 December 2005
  Ministry of External Affairs  

  17:57 IST  
Lok Sabha

The Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri E. Ahamed told the Lok Sabha today that the Prime Minister, on his visit to Siachen in June 2005, had said that it was time to make Siachen a symbol of peace. In response, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson had said that India has to vacate the aggression made in 1983 to make Siachen a peaceful area.

The Minister said that India rejects Pakistan’s charge of Indian aggression in Siachen. Siachen is one of the subjects being discussed in the framework of the Composite Dialogue. India’s position on the Siachen issue is that authentication of the presently held positions has to be the first step before any redeployment of troops is considered.

This information was given by Shri E. Ahamed in reply to a question by Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste.