European paraglider sets new world record in Skardu

ISPR says Girard paraglided from 8,407m; Army unit paraglides from four peaks

News Desk July 20, 2021


A European paraglider, Antoine Girard, set a new world record, paragliding from an 8,407-metre high peak in Skardu, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.

"The paraglider set the record from Skardu's Baltoro glacier," the military's media wing said and added that the team also included personnel from the Army School of Physical Training in Kakul.

"The six European paragliders were in Hunza and Skardu for the campaign since May 25, and were led by internationally renowned paraglider Antoine Girard," the communique said.

The team, it added, began their rehearsal on the mountains of Hunza in June, with a mission to reach the said height through para-gliding.

According to ISPR, "the skilled paragliders of ASPT also rehearsed with other members of the campaign during this time."

"The Army unit was led by Captain Ahsan, and was accompanied by Hawaldar Qasim and Muqeed," it added.

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The team successfully paraglided from four different peaks located at heights of 5,000 metres to 6,000-metre. "The earlier record in this regard was set at 8,157 metres from the ground level, also by Girard," ISPR said.

The military's media wing termed it a matter of great pride that the record had been set on Pakistan's soil.

"The foreign paragliders thanked the government of Pakistan and the Army for the facilities, security and other assistance for the campaign. The new world record has increased the fame of Pakistan's northern areas."


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