Making a statement of peace at the highest peak on earth

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad; 20 May 2013 -Together, the young Pakistani and Indian climbers placed the flags of India and Pakistan side by side on the highest peak on earth – making a statement of peace.
Pakistani Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali ensured that their country’s flag fluttered on the world’s highest summit.

Two twin sisters from India, Tashi and Nugshi, also accompanied Samina and Mirza.

But Samina and Mirza’s effort stood out because the two siblings managed to scale the peak on the 48th day of their expedition, without the use of supplementary oxygen.

Mirza, who has been regularly updating about their expedition on his blog, wrote: “We request all our readers and visitors [to] please pray that Samina becomes the first Pakistani woman to reach the summit of Everest. And I hope to be the first young Pakistani without bottled oxygen to unfurl Pakistan’s flag on top of the world together with our Indian friends! Wish us luck! Thank you for sharing and for your support!”

Hailing from Shimshal village in Gojal tehsil of Hunza-Nagar district, Samina has come a long way.

“She is proof that the country has the talent and motivation; unfortunately there is no government support for mountain climbers,” said Colonel Sher Khan, one of the country’s leading mountaineers. “It is a sport without spectators.” Khan counts the people of Shimshal as among the world’s the best climbers.
Samina’s expedition began on April 1. She and her team ascended the mountain via the south face from the Nepalese side.

Mirza and Samina have been mountaineering for leisure for the last 10 years. They have served as mountain guides and expedition leaders for peaks in the Karakoram, the Himalayas and the Hindukush. But Samina has started climbing professionally for the past four years.

The sisters who have also scaled Mount Kiliminjaro in Africa and had always dreamed of setting foot atop Everest have various other peaks to their credit. They now aim at scaling some other high peaks of the world including Mount Mckinley in North America, Mount Carstesz Pyramid in Australia and Mount Aconcagua in South America, amongst others.

Feeling proud of their daughters’ achievements, their father Col Mallik said that Tashi is a Tibetan word which means good luck and Nungshi means love in Manipuri. And the two sisters are using mountaineering to spread the message of peace and goodwill in the world and also that their achievement will help doing away negative feelings against a girl child, specially in India.

Courtesy ; Hill Post India - Express Tribune Pakistan