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Pakistan should end Siachen standoff: Nawaz

world Updated: Apr 17, 2012 21:38 IST

Former premier Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday called on the Pakistan government to take the initiative to end the military standoff with India on Siachen so that troops of both countries could be withdrawn from the Himalayan glacier.

"The (Pakistan) government should give it (the Siachen issue) top priority. The Pakistan government should take the initiative. It should not wait for an initiative from India. This is not a problem of ego," Sharif said.

"The two governments should sit together and think about a lasting solution to this problem," he said.

It is "not proper" for troops of both countries to be deployed at heights of 23,000 to 24,000 feet and the two sides should withdraw their soldiers from Siachen, he added.

The PML-N chief made the remarks while speaking to reporters in the northern town of Skardu after making an aerial survey of a Pakistan Army camp in Siachen sector that was hit by an avalanche on April 7.