Young mountaineers pride of Pakistan: Riaz Pirzada
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Friday said it was a matter of pride for the country that mountaineers Mirza Ali Baig and Samina Baig had summited the Mount Everest at such a young age.
The minister was addressing a ceremony organised in the honour of siblings Mirza Ali Baig and Samina Baig, who had not only culminated the world’s highest mountain but also summited the highest mountains of three continents each including South America, Antarctica and Africa.
Riaz Pirzada said in the circumstances when the country was facing problems like energy crisis, terrorism and sectarianism, these acts were really appreciable.
He said once these problems were overcome, all the other issues of the country would also be resolved.
“The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would overcome all these problems soon,” the minister added.
He said it was after a long time that all the political parties were on same page and that the institutions of the country were on right direction.
The minister informed the ceremony that once the mountaineers would complete there expeditions of summiting highest peaks of seven continents, the ministry would give them a reception while an award would also be presented to them by the Prime Minister.
Earlier, the brother-sister mountaineers while expressing their feelings appreciated the efforts of Alpine Club of Pakistan in promoting tourism in the country saying that the support showed by the media to them had boosted their confidence.
Mirza Ali Baig said Pakistan was enriched with a lot of natural resources however there was a need to promote tourism in general and mountaineering in particular.
He said his target was to present soft image of the country to the world besides hoisting the national flag in seven continents.
“This is the reason why we have named our expeditions as Adventure Diplomacy,” Ali added.
Samina Baig on the occasion urged the females to work along males in all the fields of life.
Speaking on the occasion, President Alpine Club Lt Col (r) Manzoor Hussain said the distinctions achieved so far by the two mountaineers were historical as Samina was the first female cresting Mount Everest.