Pakistan Army Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Aamer Riaz called his Indian counterpart Lt Gen Ranbir Singh today and offered assistance for the rescue operation, the Express Tribune reported.

The Inter-Services public Relations (ISPR) in a statement confirmed the Pakistan DGMO's call to his Indian counterpart. The deadly avalanche hit the post situated at 19,600 feet in Northern Glacier sector in Ladakh region in the world's highest battlefield yesterday in which 10 Indian army soldiers were trapped. The post is buried under tonnes of snow.

Avalanches and landslides are common at the Siachen Glacier during the winter and temperatures there can drop as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

In 2012, at least 140 people including Pakistani soldiers and civilians were killed when an avalanche struck an Army camp in the strategically important Gayari sector.

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