Daily Archives: July 2, 2017

Two Climbers Feared Dead in Pakistan’s Himalayas

ISLAMABAD � Pakistani authorities believe that two mountaineers, a Spaniard and an Argentinian, missing for more than a week in Pakistan’s northern Himalayan mountains died in an avalanche, officials said Sunday.

Alberto Zerain Berasategi from Spain and Mariano Galvan from Argentina were last heard from June 23 while at the 6,100 meter base of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest mountain, said Karrar Haidri, spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

The spot they were believed to be in has been struck by a large avalanche and the helicopter rescue officials have said (survival) appears unlikely, Haidari said.

Haidari confirmed that search and rescue operations were called off Saturday.

Both men were experienced climbers. Zerain was part of an elite club to have scaled the world’s two tallest mountains, Everest and K2.

Galvan climbed Everest in 2012 but an attempt to climb K2 alone and without supplemental oxygen ended at 7,300 meters.

Muhammmad Iqbal, owner of Summit Karakorum, the tour company that arranged the climbing expedition, said the last helicopter search found no trace of the men, adding that another climbing team started its ascent of 8,126 meter Nanga Parbat Sunday.

Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) and is home to the world’s second-tallest mountain, K2, as well as three others that are among the world’s 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters.

Nanga Parbat was the scene of an attack in 2013, in which gunmen dressed as police officers shot 10 foreign mountaineers and a local guide at the 4,200-meter base camp.

Since that attack, the number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependent on climbing tourism for income and depriving Pakistan’s economy of much-needed dollars.

Source: Voice of America

PML-N DOESN’T BELIEVE IN POLITICS OF HATRED, REVENGE: SAAD

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says credit of continuity of democratic system goes to all those political parties who struggled for democracy.

Addressing a ceremony in Lahore on Sunday, he said PML-N does not believe in politics of hatred and revenge.

The Minister said Charter of Democracy was signed to bury the negative politics, however, certain elements are trying to revive the politics of hatred.

He said government inherited worst challenges when it came into power in 2013 but Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif successfully cope with all crises and restored people’s confidence.

Saad Rafique said international financial journals and institutions are now acknowledging economic growth in Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

SAHIWAL COAL POWER PROJECT REFLECTS GOVT’S POLICY OF TRANSPARENCY: SHAHBAZ

A delegation of the China Huwanging Group, led by its Chairman Mr. Cao Peixi, called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Sunday.

Huwanging Group is working on one thousand three hundred twenty megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.

The Chief Minister on the occasion said that Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in only twenty-two months, which is a new world record.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Sahiwal Coal Power Project reflects government’s policy of transparency.

He said the Power Plant will help reduce electricity load-shedding.

Chairman of China Huwanging group completion of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant in a record period of time is a trend setter in the history of the power sector.

Addressing the signing ceremony of Dualization of Sheikhupura-Gujranwala Road Project in Lahore on Sunday, Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government is laying network of carpeted roads across the Province.

He said that billions of rupees have been provided for the development of people of south Punjab.

The Chief Minister said that democracy is flourishing and today’s democratic institutions are much more stronger as compared to past.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Two Climbers Feared Dead in Pakistan’s Himalayas

ISLAMABAD � Pakistani authorities believe that two mountaineers, a Spaniard and an Argentinian, missing for more than a week in Pakistan’s northern Himalayan mountains died in an avalanche, officials said Sunday.

Alberto Zerain Berasategi from Spain and Mariano Galvan from Argentina were last heard from June 23 while at the 6,100 meter base of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest mountain, said Karrar Haidri, spokesman for the Alpine Club of Pakistan.

The spot they were believed to be in has been struck by a large avalanche and the helicopter rescue officials have said (survival) appears unlikely, Haidari said.

Haidari confirmed that search and rescue operations were called off Saturday.

Both men were experienced climbers. Zerain was part of an elite club to have scaled the world’s two tallest mountains, Everest and K2.

Galvan climbed Everest in 2012 but an attempt to climb K2 alone and without supplemental oxygen ended at 7,300 meters.

Muhammmad Iqbal, owner of Summit Karakorum, the tour company that arranged the climbing expedition, said the last helicopter search found no trace of the men, adding that another climbing team started its ascent of 8,126 meter Nanga Parbat Sunday.

Pakistan rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) and is home to the world’s second-tallest mountain, K2, as well as three others that are among the world’s 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters.

Nanga Parbat was the scene of an attack in 2013, in which gunmen dressed as police officers shot 10 foreign mountaineers and a local guide at the 4,200-meter base camp.

Since that attack, the number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependent on climbing tourism for income and depriving Pakistan’s economy of much-needed dollars.

Source: Voice of America

US Senators Visit Pakistan, Discuss Afghan Peace, Counterterrorism

ISLAMABAD � A group of key American lawmakers led by Senator John McCain visited Pakistan Sunday where they met top government and military officials to discuss bilateral ties, counterterrorism cooperation, and efforts to promote peace and security in Afghanistan.

The visit came as President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to unveil its new Afghan war strategy later this month amid allegations sanctuaries on Pakistani soil are helping the Taliban sustain and intensify the insurgency.

The U.S. senators held extensive talks at the foreign ministry where Pakistani side was led by foreign policy adviser Sartaj Aziz, said an official statement after the meeting.

It said Aziz briefed the delegation on Pakistani security forces’ success against terrorism and informed them that the terrorist networks have been dismantled and their sanctuaries eliminated.

The adviser told the visitors Pakistan looked forward to a constructive engagement with the United States on efforts aimed at promoting a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

He noted that Islamabad was also ready to strengthen and deepen its partnership with Washington to counter “the expanding footprint in the region” of Islamic State terrorists.

The Pakistani statement quoted McCain, who heads Senate Armed Services Committee, as appreciating contributions and sacrifices by Islamabad in the fight against terrorism, and underscored the importance of continued engagement between the two countries.

The U.S. delegation later held a meeting with the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, in Rawalpindi, where the military is headquartered.

The two sides agreed on the importance of security cooperation and coordination between Pakistan and Afghanistan, said a military statement late Sunday.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse were among other members of the U.S. delegation.

Pakistan’s alleged links to the Afghan Taliban and their dreaded Haqqani network ally have long been at the center of tensions with the United States.

The accusations have also strained ties between Islamabad and Kabul, even as Pakistani officials reject the charges.

Source: Voice of America

SAHIWAL COAL POWER PROJECT REFLECTS GOVT’S POLICY OF TRANSPARENCY: SHAHBAZ

A delegation of the China Huwanging Group, led by its Chairman Mr. Cao Peixi, called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Sunday.

Huwanging Group is working on one thousand three hundred twenty megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.

The Chief Minister on the occasion said that Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in only twenty-two months, which is a new world record.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Sahiwal Coal Power Project reflects government’s policy of transparency.

He said the Power Plant will help reduce electricity load-shedding.

Chairman of China Huwanging group completion of Sahiwal Coal Power Plant in a record period of time is a trend setter in the history of the power sector.

Addressing the signing ceremony of Dualization of Sheikhupura-Gujranwala Road Project in Lahore on Sunday, Shahbaz Sharif said Punjab government is laying network of carpeted roads across the Province.

He said that billions of rupees have been provided for the development of people of south Punjab.

The Chief Minister said that democracy is flourishing and today’s democratic institutions are much more stronger as compared to past.

Source: Radio Pakistan