Ali Sadpara is dead, suggests son as Pakistan waits for miracle
Pakistanis on Sunday prayed for the safe recover of Muhammad Ali Sadpara and waited for a miracle after his son announced that chances of his father returning alive were next to none.
Sadpara and fellow mountaineers had gone missing during their K2 Winter Expedition and rescue operation continues for their recoevery.
Talking to media in Skardu, Sajid Sadpara said: “Rescue operations now only make sense if they are carried out to bring back his body. Otherwise, for the chance for anyone to survive at 8,000 metres [after being missing for] two to three days are next to none.”
ajid said that a team of four climbers began their climb at around 11pm-12am on February 5 (the night between Thursday and Friday).
“Unfortunately, I was without oxygen and at a height of about 8,200 metres in the winter. I felt like my health is getting affected as well as my mental well being.
“My father said he is carrying another oxygen tank which I should use. But as I began fitting the oxygen mask regulator, it leaked. So I came down,” he narrated.
Sajid said that the last time he saw his father was at the bottleneck at around 8,200-8,300 metres, the most “technical portion” of the climb, at around 11am on Friday.
“I’m sure he summited the peak and was on his way back after which he encountered an accident which is why he is missing,” he said.
Ali Sadpara, John Snorri from Iceland and Juan Pablo Mohr from Chile
departed for their journey a day after Sadpara’s birthday in the wee hours of Wednesday, asking fans and admirers to “keep us in your prayers”.
They had started their attempt for the final summit in the early hours of Friday, hoping to accomplish the herculean feat by Friday afternoon.