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Wednesday Feb 24 2021
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GB govt to setup mountaineering, rock climbing school in memory of Muhammad Ali Sadpara

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  • GB govt to nominate Muhammad Ali Sadpara for Pakistan's highest civil award
  • GB govt to employ Ali Sadpara's son Sajid in tourism department
  • Ali Sadpara and two foreign climbers were declared dead by family last week

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan cabinet approved on Tuesday the plan to establish the Ali Sadpara Mountaineering School in memory of the country’s greatest climber.

GB government spokesperson Ali Taj said that Ali Sadpara's son Sajid will be employed in the school that will be set up in his memory.

The cabinet also decided to recommend the name of Muhammad Ali Sadpara to the Government of Pakistan for the country’s highest civil award. They will also provide Rs3 million to the deceased climber’s widow.

Read more: Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara, 2 others reported missing on K2 expedition

Pakistani climber declared dead by family

Last week, the family of Pakistani mountaineer Ali Sadpara declared him and two other missing foreign climbers dead.

The announcement was made by Ali Sadpara's son, Sajid Sadpara, in Skardu. "I will keep my father’s mission alive and fulfil his dream," he said.

He also thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the courageous pilots of the Askari Aviation for conducting a thorough search and rescue operation amid the harsh weather for his father.

Read more: 'My father Ali Sadpara is a survivor'

Sadpara, Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr had departed for their journey on February 3 after Sadpara's birthday, asking fans and admirers to "keep us in your prayers".

They had started their attempt for the final summit in the early hours of February 5 , hoping to accomplish the herculean feat by afternoon.

According to updates posted on Snorri's Facebook account, at 12:29pm, the GPS stopped working and had not updated in six hours.

Read more: Govt, stakeholders 'still employing best efforts' to find Ali Sadpara, other missing climbers

A few days later, Ali Sadpara's management revealed that the government and other stakeholders were employing their best efforts to find Sadpara and the other climbers who went missing, despite him being missing for almost 10 days.