Pakistani girl competes in skiing competition despite losing leg in 2005 earthquake

Published: March 27, 2015


Insha Afsar was one of the 138,000 people injured in the devastating earthquake which hit northern parts of Pakistan in 2005, losing her left leg up to her hip. But the 14-year-old has come a long way since then.

The teen is now tearing down the giant slalom course at Loon Mountain as she competes for a top position in the US Paralympic Alpine National Championships.

Read: Earthquake 2005: Survivors who cannot go home

The talented Ski racer says she loves her new life in America, where she was brought after the 2005 earthquake to get a prosthesis.


Read: Earthquake 2005: Muzaffarabad

Insha competed with more than 40 athletes in the alpine championship and is sponsored by the Loon-based New England Disabled Sports (NEDS).


Jessica Harney, a member of the board at NEDS and a volunteer at the event, said things have gone very smoothly with athletes here from all over the world.

For Loon and NEDS to be hosting the event “is huge” she added.

Most of the athletes have either lost limbs or suffered spinal cord injuries while some are visually impaired.

Some are also veterans of the armed services.


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Reader Comments (15)

  • Striver
    Mar 27, 2015 - 5:57PM

    May God Bless you. You make us proud. Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed
    Mar 27, 2015 - 7:18PM

    Finally some good news, God bless her and all those who supported and helped her, as an American Pakistani, I am proud of both nations.Recommend

  • Blister
    Mar 27, 2015 - 7:35PM

    Hats off madam. Good luck.Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Mar 27, 2015 - 8:45PM

    One word: Zindabad !!!Recommend

  • N.Sid
    Mar 27, 2015 - 10:04PM

    She can be helped in getting a prosthetic leg…many has done this before.Recommend

  • Assad
    Mar 27, 2015 - 10:06PM

    A lion hearted lady,
    Very happy to hear so; wish her all the success and God speed!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 27, 2015 - 11:10PM

    A triumph of human endeavour and courage deserving of praise…..and a big thank you to America for making it possible. Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2015 - 11:40PM

    Go girl!

    ET plz spell competition correctly in your header.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Mar 28, 2015 - 3:41AM

    Insha you are amazing and sooooo cute!

    Wish you awesome competitions and great successes!Recommend

  • Haseeb
    Mar 28, 2015 - 2:40PM

    How proudly we call them Pakistani, only when they achieve something extraordinary.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 7:41PM

    I am in tears of happiness at the news !. It is likely that this brave young lady already has a prosthesis but would like to compete without using it. God bless …she makes humanity proud. Recommend

  • May 1, 2015 - 1:00PM

    So nice. Brave girl Recommend

  • Shakir Ullah
    May 2, 2015 - 9:18PM

    Wow Wow Wow !! I am out of words.. Such an incredible girl.Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed
    May 7, 2015 - 10:21AM

    not proud of someone like you….who bashes their own just to sound cute…..for sure.Recommend

  • Jul 3, 2015 - 4:03AM

    This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Cheers!Recommend

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