Geopolitical Issues on Gyong La Pass
There have been major military actions on Gyong La pass, nearby Sia La pass and Bilafond La pass. The actions got its root from the 1983 Operation Meghdoot, the first military conflict of the Siachen Glacier, which was a part of the severe Kashmir conflict. In March 1989 Operation Ibex by the Indian Army attempted to seize the Pakistani post overlooking the Chumik Glacier. Indian army was unsuccessful in dislodging the Pakistani soldiers from their positions. Then again, Indian army launched an artillery attack on Kauser Base under the commands of Brig. R. K. Nanavatty. As a result of which, Pakistani troops vacate the Chumik posts. Thuse, Operation Ibex concluded.
Then finally in June 1999, the Indian Army under Brig. P. C. Katoch, Col. Konsam Himalaya Singh seized the control of point 5770 on the southern edge of the Saltoro defense line, about 4 km west of Gyong La, from Pakistan troops.