NEW DELHI, India, Feb. 25, Reuter: Pakistan has deployed a light infantry unit on the strategic Siachen Glacier along its border with India and may also put U.S. made tactical helicopters there, Indian Defense Minister K.C. Pant said on Thursday.

Pant told Parliament Pakistani troops who attacked Indian positions along the glacier last September and October were recruiting local people to assist in their military operations.

He said India had received information that representative of the USS. Plane maker Boeing recently went to Pakistan to conduct a demonstration of helicopters that could be deployed on the Glacier. Straddles the frontline between Indian and Pakistan controlled sectors of the disputed northern State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani troops had been “repulsed with heavy casualties”, when they attacked Indian positions last year, he said. “Our troops fight valiantly”. “That area of Jammu and Kashmir is an internal part of India and will remain an integral part of India”, Pant said, adding that India would take “all appropriate measures” to ensure. India’s security interests on the glacier.

The two countries have fought two wars two of them over Kashmir since independence from Britain in 1947.

Article extracted from this publication >> March 4, 1988