(Web Desk) - Mountaineer Col (retrd) Abdul Jabbar Bhatti on Sunday became fourth Pakistani to scale the world s highest mountain.
He is an accomplished mountaineer and a past recipient of the President s Pride of Performance award and the Tamgha-i-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct) by the government.
In the past, he has successfully summited Broad Peak (8,051 metres high) in 1985; Gasherbrum 2 (8,035m) in 1986 and Spantik Peak (7,027m) in 2012.
Before him, Pakistani mountaineers Nazir Sabir, Hasan Sadpara and Samina Baig had conquered the Everest. Another Pakistani mountaineer, Saad Mehmood, is also attempting to scale the 8,848-metre high peak.
In November last year, 54-year-old Hassan Sadpara, one of Pakistan’s best-known mountaineers, died of cancer. He was the first Pakistani to scale all five of the country’s “eight-thousanders” which tower above 8,000 metres — among the 14 highest mountains on the planet.
That included K2, the world’s second highest mountain but considered a more challenging climb than the highest, Mount Everest, in Nepal — which Sadpara had also climbed.
Sadpara began his mountaineering career in 1999 when he conquered Nanga Parbat, also known as the “Killer Mountain”. By 2007 he had climbed all five of Pakistan’s eight-thousanders.
THREE CLIMBERS DEAD
Three climbers died on Everest over the weekend and another is missing, officials confirmed Monday, in one of the deadliest episodes on the peak since an avalanche swept through base camp killing 18 two years ago.
More than a dozen climbers have also been rescued from the 8,848 metre (29,030 foot) mountain in the last three days after running into difficulties while attempting to summit, helicopter rescue operators told AFP.
The weekend deaths appear to be related to altitude sickness and bring the toll to five during a season that has been hit by unpredictable weather, strong winds and unusually cold temperatures