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Mountaineer Ali Sadpara's body recovered after 170 days

Skardu: The body of mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara was finally retrieved from 300 meters beneath the bottle neck of K2, Alpine Club of Pakistan disclosed Monday.

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Mountaineer Ali Sadpara's body recovered after 170 days
Mountaineer Ali Sadpara's body recovered after 170 days

Sadpara began his journey to summit K2 in February this year, but had gone missing. The rescue operation failed to find the missing mountaineer.

The govenrment of Pakistan later announced on February 18 that the Sadpara and his team were no more alive.

At a press conference, Minister of Tourism for Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Raja Nasir Ali Khan had said that considering the extreme weather conditions on K2, government, Pakistan Army and families of missing mountaineers had come to the conclusion that the climbers are no more in this world. 

 “Muhammad Ali Sadpara and Sajid Sadpara will be awarded with civil honors. It has been proposed to Federal Government to attribute Skardu Airport to Muhammad Ali Sadpara. A school for mountaineering will be set up under the name of Ali Sadpara and provincial government would support Sadpara’s family financially,” he said.

The provincial minister further said that educational scholarships will be awarded to the children of national heroes.

Also speaking on occasion, Sajid Ali Sadpara said that his father and two other team members went missing on an expedition to summit K2.

“I, along with several other international mountaineers, have a firm believe that accident happened on their way back after they had summited K2. In this time of immense grief, the support and love by fellow Pakistanis has been a source of great encouragement of money. Pakistan has lost a patriotic national hero,” he said.

Sajid Sadpara vowed to continue his father’s unfilled mission and dreams while extending gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa for providing help in rescue mission.

Thank you to the brave pilots of Military Aviation Skardu. All available resources were used in search and rescue operation. Modern technology was used in this long rescue operation,” he said.

On February 05, renowned Pakistani mountaineer Muhammad Ali Sadpara and his expedition team went missing while trying to summit missing K2 and contact with them has not been established since Friday.

Sadpara along with Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto were on the K2 Winter Expedition 2021, when they went missing all of a sudden.

Sajid Ali Sadpara, son of much-loved mountaineer, was also the part of expedition but came back from the bottle neck after experiencing difficulty with his oxygen cylinder.

Soon after, Pakistan Army launched a rescue and search operation using helicopters in an extremely challenging weather and flew as high as 7,000 meters but was unable to spot anyone.

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Australia to cancel Afghan test if Taliban ban women's sports

Canberra: Cricket Australia Thursday issued an official notification, stating that they would cancel Test match against Afghanistan unless Taliban lift the reported ban on women’s sports.

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Australia to renounce Afghan test if Taliban ban women's sports

On its official twitter handle, Cricket Australia said that it will not host Afghanistan planned Test match in Hobart starting November 27, if news reports of Taliban views on the women’s game were true.

"If recent media reports that women's cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but not to host Afghanistan for the proposed Test match due to be played in Hobart," said Cricket Australia in its statement.

The Taliban, banned sports for women in the country saying, they don't think women will be allowed to play cricket as it’s not necessary for them to participate.

According to SBS, Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission said, “In cricket, women might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered”.

“Islam does not allow women to be seen like this," he stressed.

Meanwhile, players from Afghanistan women’s soccer team are among dozens of athletes who were given visas to live in Australia and have been undergoing quarantine amid coronavirus pandemic.

However, it is a move that could cost Afghanistan its status as a Test-playing nation.

Afghanistan has a national women's cricket team — but its status has been thrown into question along with every other woman in the country after the Taliban ousted the U.S.-backed government.

In August, Taliban allowed men’s cricket to continue and gave approval for the men’s national team to travel to Australia for a test match in November.

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Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 27,000 mark

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

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Pakistan's COVID-19 death toll crosses 27,000 mark

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,012 cases of coronavirus were reported while 66 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,004.

The total number of cases has reached 1,215,821.

As many as 1,112,236 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,039 critical cases.

Punjab               

The number of patients swelled to 418,196 in the province with 12,319 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 447,678 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,210.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 169,972 in the province with 5,329 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,671 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,551 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 727. On the other hand, there are 10,204 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 103,549 cases in the capital city while 893 people have lost their lives.

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COVID-19 kills another 78 as Pakistan continues battle against fourth wave

Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.44%.

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COVID-19 kills another 78 as Pakistan continues battle against fourth wave

As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 2,580 cases of coronavirus were reported while 78 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,865.

Pakistan conducted a total of 47,419 tests in the last 24 hours.

As per the NCOC, total confirmed cases are 1,210,082 whereas 5,304 are under critical care.

Punjab            

The number of patients swelled to 415,654 in the province with 12,259 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 446,045 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,177.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 169,040 in the province with 5,290 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,618 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,432 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 724. On the other hand, there are 10,168 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 103,125 cases in the capital city while 889 people have lost their lives.

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