GILGIT: Mountaineer Hassan Sadpara, who had earlier resigned as a police instructor, has rejoined the service.
“I withdrew my resignation after the government assured me of fulfilling the commitment made to me earlier,” Sadpara told The Express Tribune on Wednesday from his hometown Skardu.
The chief minister assured him of allotting a piece of land for the construction of a mountaineering school – a proposal also consented to the president during a meeting with Sadpara in Islamabad last year.
Sadpara resigned last month after security officials at Skardu airport manhandled him when he tried to meet President Asif Ali Zardari. “I felt insulted when I was not allowed even for five minutes to see the president while he was in my town,” he said.
The mountain climber from Sadpara, a village about seven kilometres from Skardu city, became the second Pakistani to scale the 29,028 feet Mount Everest in May 2011. Nazir Sabir was the first Pakistani to climb the world’s highest peak in 2000.
In recognition of his success, Sadpara was offered a police instructor job by the government. “I had taken the extreme step of resigning out of sheer disappointment, but it is okay now,” he said.
Sadpara, a father of four, is the only person from Gilgit-Baltistan to have scaled all five major peaks in Pakistan, including K-2 in 1981, Gasherbrum II and Broad Peak in 1982, and Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak) in 1992.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2012.
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