Everest climber Samina Baig returns home

Samina lands at Benazir Airport in Islamabad to a rousing reception by supporters.

Afp/web Desk June 03, 2013
Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman climber to summit the world's highest peak Mount Everest, smiles on her arrival at Benazir airport in Islamabad on June 3, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Mountaineer Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman to scale Mount Everest, returned home to Islamabad on Monday.

She landed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, where she was given a rousing reception by supporters.

The 22-year-old, from the small town of Shimshal in the Hunza valley, scaled the 8,848 metre peak early on May 19 after a gruelling expedition in rough weather.

She was accompanied by her brother Mirza Ali, who became the third and youngest Pakistani male to scale the mountain.

The Alpine Club of Pakistan (ACP) announced on May 22 that it will recommend Samina’s name for the pride of performance and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz awards.

ACP secretary Abu Zafar Sadiq said it was a great honour not only for ACP but for the whole nation and for that, he will recommend Samina’s name for the two national awards.

“On her return here, ACP will be honouring her with a lavish reception,” he said adding that ACP will be sponsoring Samina for her future mountaineering commitments.


TAHIRA YASMEEN | 8 years ago | Reply

Samina you made us so proud and proved to the world that Muslim Pakistani women can do much more if they have enough resourses. U r truly our pride....Best wishes

Mansur Dhanani | 8 years ago | Reply

As a visiting Pakistani now living in London, I felt so very proud on Samina's great achievement. The news was received very enthusiastically by the prople in the UK and it was well publicized. Being the youngest female mountain climber and achieve the coveted honour makes us all very proud. This confirms the important role played by females as a Muslim and in Islam. Thank you Samina. Mansur

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