IPC minister, secy, PSB DG congrat Pak mountaineer

ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP):Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Dr Fehmida Mirza, Secretary Mohsin Mushtaq and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General (DG) Col (retd) Asif Zaman have congratulated mountaineers Sirbaz Khan and Sheroze Kashif for summiting Mount Everest (8848m), the tallest peak in the world.

In their messages, issued here on Wednesday they said that it was wonderful to see the two mountaineers reaching atop the world and hoisting Pakistan’s flag there.

The 32-year-old Sirbaz, who last month called on the minister before departing for Nepal scaled Everest on early Wednesday, becoming the second Pakistani in two days to achieve the feat. Earlier, on Tuesday Shehroze Kashif (19) became the youngest Pakistani to ascend the peak.

Sirbaz, who is on the mission to become the first Pakistani to climb the world’s all 14 above 8000m peaks shot to stardom when last month, he along with Muhammad Abdul Joshi, another Pakistan mountaineer climbed Nepal’s 8,091-metre Annapurna peak.

The duo became the first Pakistanis to do so. All in all, ascending Everest is Sirbaz’s seventh accomplishment of climbing 8000m above peaks.

“It is heartening to note that our mountaineers are exhibiting great courage and spirit to shine in the world of mountaineering. They are a role model for their peers. I hope the aspiring climbers will draw inspiration from them,” Fehmida said.

Prior to Sirbaz and Shehroze, five Pakistani climbers have completed the Everest summit including Hassan Ali Sadpara, Samina Baig, Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, Mirza Ali Baig and Nazir Sabir. Nazir is the first Pakistani to have ascended the peak.