US envoy hails Pakistani mountaineer siblings Samina Baig and Mirza Ali
WASHINGTON – Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman to climb the Mount Everest, and her brother Mirza Ali Baig, plan to scale Mount Mckinley, the highest peak in North America.
The two siblings, who are here, are making preparations for their expedition to the 20,237 feet peak which is located in the Alaska Range in the interior of US state of Alaska.
On Friday, Samina and Mirza Ali, the mountaineers from Shimshal village in Gojal Hunza valley, attended a ceremony hosted by Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani at the embassy in Washington in their honour.
Ambassador Jilani greatly appreciated Samina and Ali Baig for raising Pakistani flag on the highest peaks around the world through their sheer enterprise, courage and commitment.
He said that Samina Baig being a young girl has written history in the field of sports and mountaineering and is a symbol of pride for Pakistanis all over the world.
He also acknowledged Samina Baig and Ali Baig for their commitment to the promotion of girls education in Hunza and for their work on empowering women in Pakistan.
Ambassador Jilani assured Samina Baig and Ali Baig of full cooperation and assistance in their efforts for advancement of mountaineering diplomacy and promotion of tourism in Pakistan. Both siblings thanked Ambassador Jilani and the Embassy of Pakistan for recognition of their achievements and expressed their love and commitment for Pakistan. Members of US State Department also attended the ceremony.