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Local News Islamabad, ISLAMABAD

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Pakistanis light candles to remember climber Ali Sadpara.

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Candlelight vigil is held in Islamabad for Pakistani mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara and two others who died scaling K2, as tributes continue to pour in.

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SHOTLIST: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (FEBRUARY 22, 2021) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)  

  1. CANDLES BURNING IN FOREGROUND OF BIG PICTURE OF PAKISTANI CLIMBER MOHAMMAD ALI SADPARA AND ICELAND'S JOHN SNORRI AND CHILE'S JUAN PABLO MOHR
  2. CLOSE OF HAND IGNITING CANDLE
  3. PEOPLE LIGHTING CANDLES
  4. CANDLE BURNING
  5. MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN HOLDING UP PLACARDS
  6. SMALL GIRL HOLDING UP PLACARD THAT READS, “COME BACK MOHAMMAD ALI SADPARA, WE LOVE YOU”
  7. PICTURE OF SADPARA
  8. WORDING ON PICTURE READING “TRIBUTE TO OUR NATIONAL HERO”
  9. MEN AND WOMEN HOLDING PLACARDS
  10. PLACARD READING “WE SALUTE OUR NATIONAL HERO MOHAMMAD ALI SADPARA”
  11. WOMEN HOLDING UP PLACARDS
  12. PEOPLE STANDING WITH PLACARDS
  13. TWO MEN HOLDING PLACARDS
  14. PLACARD READING “MOHAMMAD ALI SADPARA, WE LOVE YOU”
  15. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OFFICIAL OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISTAION, ZAMAN BAJWA, SAYING: “Basically, the objective of this activity is to express solidarity with the grieving family of him (Mohammad Ali Sadpara) by the Pakistani youth and the civil society. It is to say that not only yours but Ali Sadpara was the hero of the nation, and that, the youth and civil society stand by them in this hour of grief.”
  16. CANDLES BURNING
  17. CANDLES BURNING ON PAVEMENT AS PEOPLE HOLDING PLACARDS STAND
  18. PEOPLE STANDING
  19. MAN ADDRESSING/VARIOUS OF MEN PRAYING WITH RAISED HANDS
  20. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OFFICIAL OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISTAION, ASIF KHURSHEED, SAYING: “Today, people from different communities have gathered here. They are here to pay tribute to their national hero Mohammad Ali Sadpara and his team. We lit candles to remember him and prayed for him. We believe that Mohammad Ali Sadpara sacrificed his life to raise the flag of Pakistan. The nation respects his sacrifice. We demand the government to honour him with Pakistan’s biggest medal.”
  21. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PREPARING TO RELEASE HOT-AIR BALOONS IN THE AIR
 

Story: As tributes continued to pour in for Pakistani mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara, about a dozen people held a candlelight vigil in Pakistani capital Islamabad on Monday (February 22) for Sadpara and two others who died scaling K2.   

Sadpara and two others who went missing earlier this month while attempting to scale K2 have been officially declared dead.

On Friday 5 February, Sadpara went missing along with Iceland's John Snorri and Chile's Juan Pablo Mohr, while trying to climb K2, the world's second highest peak at 8,611m (28,251 ft) known as the deadliest.

His son Sajid was also a member of the team and the idea was for the father-and-son to summit K2 without oxygen, a feat never done before in winter. But Sajid had to turn back from a spot called the Bottleneck, some 300 metres from the top, after he felt sick.

Afterwards, he helped military-led rescue teams scour the mountain for signs of his father and the other two.

On February 18, Pakistani authorities announced that the three men were officially presumed dead, but the search for their remains would continue. Sadpara's family also declared him as presumably dead on the same day.

On Monday (February 22), the people belonging to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society lit candles by a big picture of Ali Sadpara, John Snorri and Juan Pablo Mohr outside Islamabad press club.  

“Basically, the objective of this activity is to express solidarity with the grieving family of him (Mohammad Ali Sadpara) by the Pakistani youth and the civil society. It is to say that not only yours but Ali Sadpara was the hero of the nation, and that, the youth and civil society stand by them in this hour of grief,”said Zaman Bajwa, official of an NGO.

Asif Khursheed, another official from NGO, demanded country’s highest honour for Sadpara.

“Today, people from different communities have gathered here. They are here to pay tribute to their national hero Mohammad Ali Sadpara and his team. We lit candles to remember him and prayed for him. We believe that Mohammad Ali Sadpara sacrificed his life to raise the flag of Pakistan. The nation respects his sacrifice. We demand the government to honour him with Pakistan’s biggest medal,”he said.

Muhammad Ali Sadpara was a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. He was part of the team which included Italian alpinist Simone Moro that successfully completed the first-ever winter ascent to the summit of Nanga Parbat in 2016.

Sadpara was notable for having successfully climbed a grand total of eight eight-thousanders throughout his career—four of which he had ascended in a single calendar year.

Sadpara was born on 2 February 1976 in the village of Sadpara, located near Skardu in Gilgit−Baltistan. He was the youngest of eleven children, and eight of his siblings did not survive childhood.  

He married his wife, Fatima, when he was 19 and had his first son, Sajid, shortly afterwards; he had a total of three children. He was a member of his college football team. He began his career as a high-altitude porter, serving as an assistant in mountain-climbing expeditions.

Like most porters, Sadpara traversed the rugged Baltoro Glacier in flip-flops and castoff gear. His passion for mountaineering led to him becoming a successful mountaineer.

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