Good bye Muhammad Ali Sadpara and fellow mountaineers
By Tanveer Ahmad
Gilgit (TP) February 19, 2021: The earch and rescue operation ended and three climbers who went missing during K2’s winter adventure were declared dead by families of the climbers and Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Raja Nasir at a press conference in Skardu.
“Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his son Sajid will be awarded the Civil Award while the government will be recommended to name Skardu Airport after Muhammad Ali Sadpara,” said Raja Nsair.
The news conference was also attended by relatives of Icelander John Snorri and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr.
During the press conference, Sajid Sadpara showed courage and controlled his emotions and thanked the entire nation for praying for his father and expressing good wishes during the rescue and search operation.
“My father and two other foreign climbers were the best climbers in the world who will always be remembered,” he said.
John Snorri’s brother also addressed the press conference and thanked the government of Pakistan for conducting the rescue operation to find his brother and other colleagues. He paid tribute to the deceased climbers and appreciated their services in the world of mountaineering.
Provincial Minister for Tourism and Sports Raja Nasir Ali Khan said the government has decided to provide scholarships for the education of Muhammad Ali Sadpara’s children and to set up a mountaineering school in his name.
Leading Pakistani climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Icelandic climber John Snorri and Chilean climber Juan Pablo Mohr had climbed the bottleneck at an altitude of 8,200 meters on February 5, 2021 during their final summit push in the winters on world’s second highest peak, K2 but they went missing on the way. Later, they were searched by Pakistan’s army teams but they could not be found. Today, they were declared dead officilly and the rescue operation was called off. However, the recovery mission will continue till the bodies of the dead mountaineers are found.