Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met mountaineer Abdul Jabbar Bhatti on Monday to congratulate him as he became the fourth Pakistani to conquer the Mount Everest peak.
The army lauded Bhatti’s outstanding achievement which has made the entire nation proud, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The COAS visited the mountaineer, a former army officer, at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi and expressed his best wishes for his speedy recovery as well as good health.
Earlier, Pakistani mountaineers Nazir Sabir, Hasan Sadpara and Samina Baig have conquered the world’s highest mountain before him. Another Pakistani mountaineer Saad Mehmood is also attempting to scale the 8,848-metre high peak.
Bhatti has already received the Pride of Performance and the Tamgha-e-Basalat medals from the Government of Pakistan. Before attempting to conquer Everest, he successfully scaled the 8,051-metre Broad Peak in 1985, the 8,035-metre Gasherbrum II in 1986 and the 7,027-metre Spantik Peak in 2012. All three of them lie in the Pakistani part of the Karakoram Range.