Candles lit as Pakistanis honour their hero – Muhammad Ali Sadpara
A large number of people belonging to all walks of life paid rich tributes to national hero Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his partners who lost their lives while scaling K2 mountain in the winter season.
People in huge numbers gathered at F-9 Park in Islamabad to pay a candle-lit tribute to Ali Sadpara, showing the spirit to acknowledge the achievements of the heroes.
In his native Chitral, mountaineers and people associated with tourism paid tributes to legendary climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara, who along with two foreign mountaineers died while trying to scale K2 in winter.
They were speaking at a condolence reference organised by Chitral Wonders and Hindukush Explorers.
The speakers, including Shahzada Sirajul Mulk, Farooq Iqbal, Sahib Irfan, Syed Hareer Shah and others, said Ali Sadpara was a beacon for the young people who had developed the craze to adopt the profession of climbing mountains despite its many perils.
They said to commemorate the last year’s visit of the departed climber to the district, an expedition of youth climbers would be taken to the base camp of Terich Mir, the highest peak of Hindukush range, in July next after imparting them the necessary training.
Meanwhile, another candlelight vigil was held at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali Sadpara.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi also participated in the candlelight vigil organized by the University's students from Gilgit Baltistan. Sajid Ali Sadpara, the son of Ali Sadpar, also joined the candlelight vigil through a video link.
A one-minute silence was observed in the memory of Ali Sadpara and his fellow mountaineers John Snorri and Juan Pablo.