An avalanche engulfed an army camp high in the mountains of Kashmir, leaving up to 135 people dead. The Siachen Glacier is where Pakistani and Indian troops face off on what is known as the world’s highest battlefield. Amid the ghastly incident, President Asif Ali Zardari went on a private visit to India. I remember when 33 miners were buried alive in Chile, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera monitored the rescue operation until the last miner was rescued, whom he hugged and said: “You are not the same, and the country is not the same after this. You were an inspiration,” and then led the crowd in singing the national anthem. He proved Napoleon’s saying right: “A leader is a dealer in hope.” We pay our respects to those brave soldiers and give a salute to their great mothers who gave birth to such inspirational souls.


Karachi, April 16.