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Work on KP’s first Ali Sadpara climbing wall completed

PESHAWAR – The first climbing wall named af­ter international climber and he­roic Shaheed Muhammad Ali Sad­para completed here at Peshawar Sports Complex with the total cost of Rs10 million under the Prime Minister 1000 Playground Facili­ties Project.

The climbing wall has been named after national hero 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.

Muhammad Ali Sadpara, along with his 21-year-old son, Sa­jid (who had also climbed K2 in 2019), teamed up with Icelan­dic mountaineer John Snorri Sig­urjónsson and Chilean mountain­eer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto for a joint-ascent of K2, and left the highest camp on the evening of Feb 4, 2021. Sajid was later forced to descend due an Oxygen regula­tor malfunction, leaving the oth­er members of the team at the K2 Bottleneck, close to the summit. 

Ali Sadpara, Sigurjónsson and Prieto continued their ascent to K2’s summit, but did not return by night as planned, and were de­clared missing on Feb 5, 2021. A rescue mission with two Pakistan Army helicopters was organised on Feb 6, 2021 to search for the team. On Feb 18, 2021, 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.

To pay rich tribute to Shaheed Sadpara, the govt of Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa decided to name after the Climbing Wall as Sadpara, Sec­retary Sports KP Abid Majeed told media persons. He said Chief Sec­retary KP Dr. Kazim Niaz would formally inaugurate the Shaheed Sadpara Climbing Wall very soon. 

During inspection, Abid Majeed said that the installation of the first Climbing Wall was to moti­vate youngsters toward climbing.

Director General Sports Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Asfandyar Khan Khattak and Project Direc­tor of Prime Minister 1000 Play­ground Facilities Project Murad Ali Mohmand accompanied him. The players present on the occa­sion gave a spectacular demon­stration of speed wall and na­tional athlete Engr. Paras Ahmad, who also looked after the ongoing work, was the first one to climb the Shaheed Sadpara Wall in a re­cord time.

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