As Pakistan’s climbing hero Muhammad Ali Sadpara went missing with two other mountaineers, John Snorri from Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile, a special team had been formed for their rescue operation.
It’s been more than 24 hours that Ali Sadpara is missing. However, son of the missing mountaineer, on Sunday said that chances of hsi father and other team members, who went climbing K2 without oxygen, returning alive have diminished.
“There are fewer chances of them returning alive as under such harsh weather conditions, there is no hope to live for three straight days,” he said while talking to a private TV channel in an interview.
He further said that now a rescue operation is only possible to search for the bodies.
Detailing the journey, Sadpara’s son said that they began their expedition towards the K2 summit on February 05 and he reached the bottleneck point at the peak.
“After reaching 8200 meters, I realized that it will be difficult for him to continue the expedition without oxygen,” he said.
They boy further added that when he tried to use the available oxygen, it emerged that their regulators have leaked.
Sajid Ali Sadpara said that he suffered from mental issues at that point and his father and John Snorri asked him to return.
“I returned from bottleneck while the other members of the team went up from there to reach the K2 summit,” he said.
Earlier, SAPM Zulfi Bukhari said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa personally following all developments regarding our missing mountaineers.
Taking to Twitter, Bukhari said that high altitude porters and Lama helis will restart the search at the crack of dawn.
Prayers needed from everyone for their safe return,” he added.
PM @ImranKhanPTI & COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa are concerned and personally following all developments regarding our missing mountaineers. High alt porters & Lama helis will restart search at the crack of dawn.
Prayers needed from everyone for their safe return!#k2winterexpedition2021
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) February 6, 2021
On the other hand, President Arif Alvi also prayed for their safe return in a tweet. “I hope Ali Sadpara and his co-climbers are alive and fine. These are very brave mountaineers. We pray for their safety. Good information in your thread,” he wrote.
I hope Ali Sadpara and his co-climbers are alive and fine. These are very brave mountaineers. We pray for their safety. Good information in your thread. https://t.co/1dsXM3T6HH
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) February 6, 2021