It is with a heavy heart and intense grief that this country offers farewell to one of its finest sons, Ali Sadpara. He along with his two companions was officially declared dead. After restless search operations failed to locate the men, on the dangerous slopes of K2; the world’s second-highest peak.
The army mounted a heroic rescue attempt. Going to unusual lengths to locate the three mountaineers, and people across the country prayed for his safety during those days. This man of steel brought joy wherever he went with his happy behavior and appealing smile. He will live forever in the hearts of all Pakistanis. Perhaps his loved ones can derive a little comfort from this fact. Sadpara scaled more than 10 of the highest peaks in the world during his mountaineering career; with multiple summits of Nanga Parbat as well as a successful one of K2 in 2018.
Muhammad Ali Sadpara was a Pakistani high-altitude mountaineer. Sadpara, along with his 21-year-old son, Sajid Sadpara, teamed up with Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson and Chilean mountaineer Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto for a joint-ascent of K2. They left the highest camp on the evening of 4 February 2021. A rescue mission with two Pakistan Army helicopters was organized on 6 February 2021 to search for the team. On 18 February 2021, Pakistani authorities announced that the three men were officially considered dead; but the hunt for their remains would continue.
Sadpara’s family also declared him as dead on the same day.
Perhaps there is some comfort in the fact that his final resting place will be on the very mountains he loved so much.