Skardu: Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Raja Nasir Ali Khan has on Thursday declared missing mountaineers Ali Sadpara and his companions John Snorri from Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile as dead.
The minister held a press conference and said that keeping in mind the weather conditions at K2, Pakistan Army, government and family of the mountaineer have reached the conclusion that Ali Sadpara and his comrades have expired.
Nasir Ali Khan said, “Government pays tribute to the services of national hero Ali Sadpara, and he will be given civil award along with his son Sajid Sadpara. A mountaineering school will be established in the name of Ali Sadpara.
“The federal government has been recommended to attribute Skardu Airport to Ali Sadpara. The mountaineer’s children will be given educational scholarships and his family will be provided financial and moral assistance. A law will be made for the families of the victim climbers.”
Sajid Sadpara, who was along with his father in his quest to summit K2 without oxygen and had to return after his health deteriorated midway, said, “Ali Sadpara met an accident after summiting K2 and is now resting in the mountain forever. All resources were utilized in the search and rescue operation.
“My family has lost a beloved father, the Pakistani nation has lost a patriot and national hero and the world has lost a skilled mountaineer. I will continue my father’s mission and fulfill his dreams.”