ISLAMABAD: People of France and Poland have praised Pakistan for helping in an operation carried out to rescue the Polish and French mountaineers on the killer mountain of Nanga Parbat in north of Pakistan last week. Pakistan’s Deputy Head of Mission in Polish capital Warsaw, Shifaat Ahmad Kaleem, talking to the media said, some polish citizens also contacted the embassy to appreciate Pakistan’s efforts in rescuing the climbers. The Pakistani diplomat also extended his heartfelt sympathy to the family members of the missing climber. Four members of a team of Polish climbers who were engaged in an expedition at the base camp of K2, were transported by a Pakistan Army aviation helicopter to Nanga Parbat in order to rescue the two missing Polish and French mountaineers. The French mountaineer, Elisabeth Revol, was rescued but the Polish climber, Tomasz Mackiewicz, who was with her, has been missing since. In a statement issued in Warsaw, the French mission to Poland said those involved in this rescue operation demonstrated exemplary courage and solidarity. The French mission said they appreciated the excellent efforts of Polish climbers, cooperation between the Polish and French representatives in Pakistan, as well as with the Pakistani authorities. In an expedition that ended in a tragedy, Mackiewicz became the first Pole to conquer in winter the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat, the ninth-tallest mountain in the world, his climbing partner, Revol, said.Mackiewicz climbed to the peak on January 25 alongside Revol, making it the second expedition to conquer the mountain in winter. The mountain was first conquered in winter on February 26, 2016 by Italy’s Simone Moro, Pakistan’s Ali Sadpara and Spain’s Alex Txikon.
Published in Daily Times, February 3rd 2018.