*Indian Army Soldiers on foot patrol in Siachen. Image credit: Pinterest
Two years ago, the Wikileaks had revealed a sensational document which showed how the UPA government under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had decided to give away Siachen glacier to Pakistan.
This was one of the most shocking revelations made that had stunned the entire country. Then, the Congress had denied the charges and said the Wikileaks was spreading fake news to malign the Congress party.
But today, the man himself who witnessed the deal between India and Pakistan has exposed the Congress’s double face.
Shyam Saran, who was the foreign secretary of India until 2006, in his upcoming book part-history-part-memoir titled 'How India Sees the World', has revealed that he along with his Pakistani counterpart Riaz Mohammad Khan had struck a deal on orders of Congress government to take back Indian troops and give away the Siachen Glacier to Pakistan.
But this deal was sabotaged and scuttled by the then National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, who literally saved India from Congress’s illogical and stupid decision.
In his book, Sharan writes that Manmohan Singh wanted to settle the deal with Pakistan by handing over Siachen glacier for which all stakeholders consented. The deal was even consented by the Indian Army and mentioned its finer points, including current positions of the forces of the two countries, the positions to which they would withdraw, a schedule for redeployment, and a joint monitoring mechanism to prevent mutual intrusions. All this would have been recorded in an annexure to the main agreement.
To give the document additional strength, we insisted, and the Pakistani side agreed, that both the agreement and the Annexure will be signed and that the main agreement will explicitly declare that the annexure had the same legal validity as the agreement itself,” writes Sharan. “I did many rounds of consultations, both at the senior bureaucratic and ministerial levels in the ministries of defence, home and finance (whose members are part of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).”
He claims that the then Army Chief J J Singh and all chiefs of the Intelligence Agencies were brought on board. The deal was consented by the Army and its intricatetechnical details including the points and timing of redeployment and also the phases in which it would have been implemented and the structure of the monitoring mechanism wereactually worked out by the Director-General Of Military Operations.
But it was during the CCS meet, the NSA Chief M K Narayanan raised serious concerns about the deal and argued about compromising the National security of the country.
“When the CCS meeting was held on the eve of the Defence Secretary-level talks, the NSA launched an offensive, saying that Pakistan could not be trusted, and that there will be political and public opposition to any such initiative and that India’s military position in the northern sector vis-à-vis both Pakistan and China will be compromised. General Singh, who had happily gone along with the proposal in its earlier iterations, now decided to join Narayanan in rubbishing it.”
It was only after M K Narayanan raised concerns, the Chief of the Army also agreed that the Siachen deal was not safe and would put India in grave danger.
In the meeting, then Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee remained silent and played safe in front of NSA chief as they did not want to loseface for endorsing such a stupid deal. Manmohan Singh who desperatelywanted to passthe deal, remained mute after NSA and Army Chief raised concerns and defied with the order.
Narayanan in the meetingsalso said that the Siachen topicshould never become an agenda in the India-Pakistan talks on border issue. At this point, it is said that Pranab Mukherjee himself supported Sharan and added that Rajiv Gandhi himself had agreed to include Siachen in the India–Pakistan dialogue.
These events clearly suggest that how the Congress government was all set to give away the Siachen glacier to Pakistan risking the entire Jammu Kashmir. Siachen glacier is the highest battle filed which provides natural protection to India. More than 500 soldiers during the Kargil war sacrificed their life to get back Siachen glacier. Even during the operation Meghdoot in 1984, over 890 soldiers sacrificed their lives protecting this piece of land.
But Congress government under Sonia Gandhi wanted to gift Siachen to Pakistan which would have been the biggest blunder after Nehru’s decision to approach the UN to resolve Jammu Kashmir issue. How did they ever trust Pakistan which has always backstabbed India?! Even with all security measures and 24/7 vigil at the border, there are hundreds of terror infiltration from Pakistan, imagine the catastrophic effect if the Indian Army was pulled back from Siachen Glacier!!
Its a shame to even think that the people in the government who were trusted and elected to protect the country betrayed the Nation by opening doors to the enemy! Is there anything left which Congress hasn’t tried to ruin India?!!!*