Proud Hunza woman returns after scaling Mount Everest

ISLAMABAD, June 3: Samina Khayal Baig of Shimshal village in Gojal, Hunza, returned to Islamabad after becoming the first Pakaistani woman to scale the world’s highest Mount Everest.

The 21-year-old achieved the feat on May 19. When she landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad on Monday evening, a large number of people welcomed her. Most of them were from Gilgit-Baltistan led by chief minister Mehi Shah.

The Alpine Club of Pakistan representatives were also there. She was garlanded and presented bouquets on the occasion. Samina could not control her emotion and tear of joy rolled down her sun-burnt cheeks. Later she was taken to the Sports Complex in Islamabad where she spoke to the media.

To the surprise of many in the mountaineering community, Samina Baig summated Mount Everest on May 19 with twin sisters from India – Tashi and Nugshi Malik – also 21 years old. Although, messages had been going around that Samina Baig and her 29 years old brother Mirza Ali summated Mount Everest together, Alpine Club of Pakistan was still to make official the news if Samina’s brother had also summated.

“We have confirmed that Samina Baig made history by becoming the first Pakistani girl to summit the world’s highest peak at 8, 848 meters high peak. We are still trying to confirm if the brother and made it to the top together,” said Executive Member ACP, Karrar Haidri. Once the news was confirmed, 29 years old Mirza Ali could be the youngest Pakistani to summit Mount Everest. According to ACP, both brother and sister had started the descent back to base camp.

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