ISLAMABAD - President Ex-Service Man Society (PESS), Lt Gen (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti, has said that Pakistan and India should boost efforts to forge cordial relations with each other, as tension is not in the interest of either side.

Addressing a meeting of PESS here on Sunday, he said Pakistan and India should withdraw their forces from Siachen Glacier, adding that both Pakistan and India should make efforts for establishing cordial relations as the two sides cannot be enemies anymore after starting trade and declaring each other most favoured nation. He said that good ties between India and Pakistan should not be limited to politics and trade only. The situation at Siachen is causing loss of precious loss and it also puts negative impact on the environment.

Other office bearers including Commodore M. Farooq Mirza, Brigadier Nusrat Jahan Saleem, Sqn Leader Liaquat Ali Ansari, Lt. Col Mrs. Almas Umer and Lt. Col M. Tariq Kamal and a large number of members were also present on the occasion.

The participants said that Pakistan and India should withdraw all the combat troops to peacetime locations in Siachen conflict zone, as cordial relations between two countries should not remain confined to politics and trade.

They said that the standoff is claiming precious lives and its impact on environment as well as economies of Pakistan and India cannot be ignored.

It is discouraging that the president being supreme commander of the Army, prime minister and defence minister haven’t expressed any sympathy with families of the victims of Gayari sector.

Rather, the president opted to go on a private visit at the time when nation was feeling the pain and grief of those who sacrificed their lives defending Pakistan, it said.

The government is yet to announce any package for the mourning families and even the National Assembly failed to sympathize with the aggrieved families, it was observed.

However, the participants appreciated the role of media on Gayari incident.

The meeting advised General (Retd) Musharraf, one of the members of PESS, to come to Pakistan and face charges in the courts. PESS will extend a helping hand only after former president gets himself cleared of all charges, it was decided. The stubborn American attitude will in no way help normalise tense Pakistan-America relations, the meeting observed.

A resolution was passed that NATO supply should not be reopened unless US stops drone strikes in Pakistan and officially apologizes for the unprovoked attack of November 26, 2011, on Salala check-post, which claimed 24 lives.

The Society demanded that pensions of all ex-servicemen should be equal for the same rank irrespective of the time of retirement. The participants demanded that the government should remove all discrepancies immediately and start paying the pension on the basis of “one rank, one pension”. The meeting ended with prayers for the troops trapped in Gayari sector.