GILGIT: Mountaineers Shehroze Kashif from Lahore and Fazal Ali from Shimshal of Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan summited the ninth highest mountain in the world, the Nanga Parbat (8,126 metres), on Tuesday morning, however the duo was reported to have gone missing while on their way back.

GB Home Secretary Iqbal Hussain Khan confirmed that Kashif and Ali had gone missing between camps 3 and 4 (7,000-8,000m) while they were descending from the summit. The GB government started a rescue operation within hours, he added.

“Currently, some porters of the GB tourism department are at camp 2 of Nanga Parbat. If we are able to communicate with the missing climbers through satellite phones, they will move for the rescue operation,” Mr Khan said.

The home secretary said if the inclement weather permitted on Wednesday (today) helicopters will be deployed for the rescue mission in the morning. Other ground rescue teams have also been alerted.

Nanga Parbat is said to be one of the toughest and most lethal mountains in the world.

According to a press release, GB Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan took notice of the incident and directed the home department to immediately launch a search and rescue operation. He also ordered seeking help from the army, and instructed to establish a control room to monitor the operation.

Kashif and his fellow Ali had reached the Nanga Parbat base camp on June 30. They started their push for the summit on Monday evening through Kashfar wall.

Published in Dawn, July 6th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

The whole truth
28 Sep, 2022

The whole truth

THE war on truth has never been more relentless than it is today. Authoritarianism is on the rise and purveyors of...
Real-world trolls
Updated 28 Sep, 2022

Real-world trolls

It's reprehensible how PTI supporters now seem convinced that politicians from opposing camps aren't entitled to basic dignity.
Islamabad wildlife
28 Sep, 2022

Islamabad wildlife

PRESERVING biodiversity is low on the list of priorities of both state and society. However, successful attempts at...
Noon leaks
Updated 27 Sep, 2022

Noon leaks

PMO audio leaks are a national security emergency that ought to be investigated at the highest level.
Cipher probe offer
27 Sep, 2022

Cipher probe offer

CONSIDERING the toxic political polarisation in the country, former prime minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that ...
Delaying Doha plans
27 Sep, 2022

Delaying Doha plans

WHEN Doha announced its intention to spend $3bn in different commercial and investment sectors of Pakistan around a...