Rescuers recover Pak Major's body from Siachen's avalanche site

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 04, 2012 07:50 hrs

Rescuers at the Giari avalanche site have recovered another officer's body, taking the number of recovered bodies to four.

According to a statement issued by the military's media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the body has been identified as Major Zaka ul Haq, reports The Express Tribune.

Zaka, second-in command of the Six Northern Light Infantry battalion serving in the Giari sector in Siachen, was trapped under the snowy rubble along with 137 others, of which 127 were soldiers and 11 civilian employees, after a huge wall of snow smashed their headquarters in the late hours of April 7, 2012.

Zaka's family was relieved after authorities confirmed that they had found his body.

Holding back tears, Zaka's father, Sardar Abdul Haq Chandio, said: "I am proud of the soldiers who rendered their lives in Siachen along with Zaka and are still standing firm on the highest war front. My message for all of my sons who are vigilant in the line of duty is to not lose heart as the lesson you were given from the Pakistan Military Academy was to embrace martyrdom."

The Pakistan Army declared the victims of Giari 'martyrs' on May 29 after having detailed consultations with religious scholars.

Zaka's brother, Zia ul Haq expressed his grief over the demise of his brother and said they were extremely lucky to have someone like Zaka in their family.

"We will keep respecting and loving the Pakistani armed forces... We have been told by the army that they will always stand by us and my parents will never break this bond with the army."

Zia said military officials will reach Muzaffargarh on Monday to take part in Zaka's funeral.

According to the announcement made by the Army, the search and rescue operation will continue until the very last body is recovered from under the snow. (ANI)

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