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First Pakistani woman scales Mount Everest


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ISLAMABAD, May 19: The news about the first Pakistani woman summiting Mount Everest on Sunday morning spread like a wildfire.

Text messages congratulating every Pakistani started doing the rounds only half an hour after Samina Baig reached the top of the highest peak in the world at around 7:30am.

And by the afternoon, almost everyone was updating their status on the social media and pasting links to images of the 21-year-old mountaineer from the Shimshal valley of Hunza.

On Saturday night, Samina Baig sent her brother a message how she had reached Base Camp IV at the height of 7,900 metres on the South Col between Mt Everest and Lhoste, the fourth highest mountain in the world, after eight hours of hard climbing.

“Samina, Tashi and Nugshi feeling great… The weather is windy and cloudy… Worried about weather… If all goes well will leave for summit tonight… Appeal from the nation to pray for us,” Samina Baig said in her last text before her push for the summit.

To the surprise of many in the mountaineering community, Samina Baig summated Mount Everest with twin sisters from India - Tashi and Nugshi Malik - also 21 years old.

Although messages had been circulating that Samina Baig and her 29-year-old brother Mirza Ali had summated Mount Everest together, the Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) was still to issue an official statement about it.

“We have confirmed that Samina Baig made history by becoming the first Pakistani woman to summit the world’s highest peak at 8,848 metres high. We are still trying to confirm if her brother has also made it to the top,” said Karrar Haidri, the executive member of the ACP. Once the news is confirmed, Mirza Ali could be the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest.

Both Mirza Ali and Samina Baig took everyone by surprise when they held a press conference in Islamabad a day before leaving for Nepal on March 31.

The two were joining a gathering of climbers at the Mount Everest to celebrate 60 years since it was first summated in 1953. Samina Beg said she was about to become the first Pakistani woman to be part of it.

While the climbers from around the world were celebrating the 60 years, the 21-year-old climber was accompanying her brother with another mission.

“Together we are promoting gender equality,” said Samina Baig then. Although the brother and sister had not attempted any of the five 8,000 metres plus peaks in Pakistan, the climbing community was in doubt of the pair’s success rate.

Samina Baig and her brother had been climbing for the last three years together.

In 2010, she became the first to ascend the virgin peak Chashkin Sar (above 6,000 meters) now called the ‘Samina Peak’. She conquered another virgin peak in 2011 that was named ‘Koh-i-Brobar’ or the ‘Mount Equality’ in 2011. Samina Baig and her brother were not so lucky on the 7,027 metres high Spantik Peak when bad weather forced them to abandon their summit attempts.

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Amjad May 20, 2013 01:36pm

Congratulation on becoming first lady from Pakistan to sumit hightest mountain in the world. This charming character is a milstone for all Pakistani young females to come forward and proof theriselves to be the daughter of brave nation. Also, Mirza did a splendid job for youngsters to explore new profession of mountaineering.

Naila May 20, 2013 01:40pm

Congratulations .. we are proud of you!

Saleem May 20, 2013 01:53pm

Bravo! This is great achievement; the nation is proud on you both. Keep climbing and pray for your safety.

Salim May 20, 2013 02:12pm

Whole nation proud of them, they deserve appreciation from government level too.

umair May 20, 2013 03:09pm

Congratulations for achieving this feat. Proud moment for the entire nation. Bravo!

akram May 20, 2013 04:17pm

excellent news, lets hope it helps lead to the growth of women in society as equal members, and show that women can do anything men can do. Well done Samina.

Ali May 20, 2013 04:33pm

Proud of you Samina Beg

manfred jones May 20, 2013 05:35pm

congratulations to them and to all Pakistani women!

Aizaz Moin May 20, 2013 05:37pm

"Summated", "Summited" - WHAT kind of English is this? Moreover it is not a verb, it is a noun. PLEASE write correct English in your articles, this is embarassing.

Agha Ata May 20, 2013 06:17pm

Men, be aware. Women are coming! :(
(From a male feminist)

SH May 20, 2013 06:51pm

Good job!

SH May 20, 2013 06:50pm

Good Job!

N May 20, 2013 07:10pm

If Mirza Ali is 29 and Samina Baig is 21, then why does this article note that "Mirza Ali could be the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest."? Wouldn't Samina be both the youngest and first female Pakistani to summit?

Maliki May 20, 2013 07:23pm

Congrats,, :) superb job,,May ALLAH Almighty give her the strength to attain similar successes in future as well and be a source of aspirations for the youth of pakistan

Muhammad Farooq May 20, 2013 07:41pm

Congratulatins Samina Baig! congratulations Pakistan! are proud of you.

Amjad Wyne May 20, 2013 08:31pm

@N: Ali will be the youngest Pakistani male and Samina, the youngest Pakistani women

asim May 20, 2013 08:31pm

@Aizaz Moin: After all, English is a second language to Dawn. No complain.

Amjad Wyne May 20, 2013 08:32pm

@Aizaz Moin: focus on content - the language matters little in a story like this.

Martha May 20, 2013 09:20pm

@Aizaz Moin: The accepted term is summitted within the alpinist community. Rather like the phrase "I hope to medal" which came to the fore during the London Olympics. Unfortunately for pedants like you and me it's frustrating, but there you go.

Naeem May 20, 2013 10:15pm

This news just made my day.. May 20, 2013 10:34pm

@N: well said!

Siyalkotia May 20, 2013 10:45pm

I hope that Mullah Brigade of Islamic Republic of Pakistan does not issue Fatwa against her for not reaching the top in Burqa.

Mukul Sehgal May 20, 2013 11:07pm

Congrats, hope to see more of it from Pakistani women!

zia khanz May 20, 2013 11:59pm

Samina we thank you for promoting Pakistan. You have shown the determination and resilience of Pakistani women. In recent times Pakistani women have taken over the task of holding the green flag high in international competitions. It will be double happiness if Mirza Ali has also made it to the top. The heroic achievement of Sumaira and Mirza Ali must be acknowledged. Media should highlight their accomplishment to inspire younger generation.

AA May 21, 2013 12:01am

@N: Youngest male mountaineer from Pakistan. The first male mountaineer from Pakistan is Nazir Sabir.

HNY13 May 21, 2013 12:17am

Samina Baig summated Mount Everest with twin sisters from India - Tashi and Nugshi Malik.......just goes on to show ...together we can surmount any challenge

Mirza May 21, 2013 12:43am

Awesome news! You guys have made every Pakistani proud! We pray for your safe return. Congrats to Samina and Ali !

Shazeb May 21, 2013 02:33am

@N: Mirza Ali is the youngest male Pakistani --- I think that's what they meant.

Sohail May 21, 2013 03:24am

The whole Pakistani nation is proud of you - you are certainly a role model for the girls in this country. Keep it up girl. I also praise the brother who is supportive of his sister - Pakistan needs men like him who encourage and support 50% of population.

Muhammad Bux May 21, 2013 05:28am

MashAllah. Congratulations to you. You have made our nation proud. You have showed the world that Pakistan is not all bombs and target killing. Congratulations again

DILIP PATEL May 21, 2013 05:40am

Congratulation. Good News. This will give message to Taliban that woman are as capable as men are. For God sake do not consider them inferior or second class citizen.

SY from USA May 21, 2013 06:19am

Men, start cooking and taking care of the babies, because your other half will work and bring home money. Sad our culture has misused the poor women for generations.

Shahid LATIF May 21, 2013 08:34am

You make all Pakistani proud. Good Job

N May 21, 2013 08:39am

So what?

HNY13 May 21, 2013 08:41am

Hey by the way who was the first male from Pak to conquer the mount Everest?

JAY K RAMAN May 21, 2013 08:51am

Congratulations. I hope she will be an example to other women in Pakistan. Also twin women from India( Dehradun) also climbed Everest. HAIL women of Indian Subcontinent.

Noor May 21, 2013 09:44am

Great achievement, not just her's, its every Pakistani's honour!

Nisar karim May 21, 2013 11:12am

Congratulations Samina and Mirza. The whole nation is proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you.

JaiRam May 21, 2013 11:14am

Congratulations. Hope to so more good news coming out from our neighbors.

Muhammad May 21, 2013 11:25am

My friends, Nations don't get success, we need to build Nation, we need to build country, we need to build economy. We need to get recognize as Muslim and Pakistani. I am not impress with this

shuaib May 21, 2013 11:30am

Great job! Many other climbers reached the summit the same day as samina. Why we have not seen any picture of her on the summit with other climbers.

Nisar karim May 21, 2013 11:58am

Congratulations Samina and Mirza. The whole nation is proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you.

Dj May 21, 2013 12:18pm

@Aizaz Moin: good sense of analysis bro...

Nisar karim May 21, 2013 12:28pm

Congratulations Samina and Mirza. The whole nation is proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you.

B May 21, 2013 12:58pm

@Agha Ata: that's sweet!:)

Mohammed Husain May 21, 2013 01:28pm

At the time our country is in turmoil, It is heartening to know that Samina Beg and Ali scaled the mount everest and reached its highest peak. My heartiest congratulations to brother and sister for accomplishing this feat. May almighty give you strength to add on your accomplishments

Nisar karim May 21, 2013 01:58pm

Congrats Samina and Mirza. We are proud of you for your historical achievement. May God bless you both.

Muhammad Zafar Ullah May 21, 2013 03:21pm

Great Job by the grate lady.

Muhammad Zafar Ullah May 21, 2013 03:22pm

Great Job by the grate lady.

Sarim May 21, 2013 05:45pm

Congratulation Goog work lady

abid May 21, 2013 09:44pm

weldon samina bag and his brother should have proud to be a pakistani

abid May 21, 2013 09:49pm

Congratulation Samina Baig and his brother Pakistani people have proud on you

HNY13 May 21, 2013 10:27pm

@Muhammad: What have you done for that Sir?

Wasim Khan May 21, 2013 10:51pm

It's Pakistanis like Samina and Mirza that our faith in our nation is reinforced. I believe in unlimited potential of Pakistan due to people like Samina and Mirza.

Fairy Fiza May 21, 2013 11:38pm

congrats for new record

zia khan May 21, 2013 11:59pm

@Siyalkotia: Please don't draw their attention. They are still reeling from election results.

Malone May 22, 2013 12:24am

Congratulations to all. Two Bangladeshi women have been to the top of Everest last year. In spite of all the prejudice, South Asian women are proving that they can be as capable as any.

Shahzad Akhund May 22, 2013 12:33am

A great achievement indeed. My heartiest congratulations to these courageous young ladies. My salute to your parents as well. I guess they'll have a few sleepless nights while fully adjusting to the joy and pride that you have provided.

Varinder May 22, 2013 06:32am

@Aizaz Moin: Climbing Mount Everest has become a joke. I was reading that five teenagers from Sanawar School climbed Mount Everest. O man these days you only need sponcership or money, rest is help from Sherpa.

Shah Hussain Hussaini May 22, 2013 07:03am

Actually, at this time our dearly Neighbor Country the (Islamic Republic of Pakistanis) in turmoil, It is heartening to know that Samina Beg and Mr.Mirza Ali scaled the mount everest and reached its highest peak. My heartiest congratulations to our dearly brother and sister for thier accomplishing this Triumph. May almighty of Allah give you strength to add on your accomplishments and achievements. Shah Hussain Hussaini from Kabul,Afghanistan.

Observer May 22, 2013 09:34am


What you said is right, but how you said is funny... It should be Her Brother, you are referring to a lady Sir. :)

Amber May 22, 2013 10:25am

Congratulations! to all Pakistani. Youngsters like Samina and mirza are the symbol of pride for us.It is the victory of whole nation indeed the nation is not under one platform. We all get happy if any Pakistani gets success in any field, why dont we behave like this when there is a question of unity and faith? Why dont we all come under one shed? Why people are tangled in languages? Why dont we all believe in our DEEN Islam? If we leave behind all the difference, become united and then work for the prosperity of our nation and country then no doubt VICTORY will follow us. We are proud of you our young HEROS.

Nawazish May 23, 2013 01:54am

It's a great news .. Pakistanis are very intelligent, hardworking, sincere, friendly, and full of enthusiasm .. They need love n cooperation but unluckily the wrong people engulfed their true image. Hearty greetings to Samina n her brother Ali <3