President Alvi calls for early conclusion of FTA

President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, left, met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Embassy of Pakistan in Ankara)
Updated 30 October 2018

President Alvi calls for early conclusion of FTA

  • Discusses details with Turkish leader during official visit to the country
  • Leaders deliberate on course of action to strengthen bilateral relations    

ISLAMABAD: With an aim to cement the ties between Turkey and Pakistan, the presidents of both countries met in Istanbul on Tuesday to discuss areas of mutual cooperation and deepen bilateral relations in all fields, a statement released by the President of Pakistan’s office said.
President Dr. Arif Alvi is currently in Turkey for a three-day official visit, on the invitation of the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to attend the inauguration of Istanbul’s Grand International Airport on Tuesday.
Erdogan congratulated Alvi on his election win and hoped that bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries would enhance further under Pakistan’s new leadership. Alvi, on his part, stressed on the need for an “early conclusion of the bilateral Free Trade Agreement and increasing the bilateral trade between the two countries”.
He expressed satisfaction at the thriving presence of Turkish investors in Pakistan, adding that he hoped that they, too, could benefit from the various investment opportunities available in the country. He concluded the meeting by inviting Erdogan to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

Nepalese climbers bag mountaineering’s last great prize: winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2

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Nepalese climbers bag mountaineering’s last great prize: winter ascent of Pakistan’s K2

  • One of the ten Nepalese mountaineers performed the feat without using an oxygen cylinder
  • K2 earned the nickname of ‘savage mountain’ since a large number of climbers lost their lives while trying to scale it

ISLAMABAD: A group of Nepalese climbers made history on Saturday by summiting the world’s second tallest mountain, K2, in winter, according to its team leader who made the announcement on Facebook only minutes after making the accomplishment. 

“The Karakorum’s ‘Savage Mountain’ has been summited in the most dangerous season: WINTER,” Chhang Dawa Sherpa exclaimed in his social media post.

His announcement was also confirmed by an official of the Alpine Club of Pakistan which deals with mountaineering expeditions in the country.

At 8,611 meters, K2 was the only peak among the 14 “8000ers” located in the Karakorum and Himalayan mountain ranges that remained unconquered during winter. 

Along the icy glaciers of the Karakoram, mountaineers and locals speak about K2 summits with a hushed reverence, and folklore in the area is rife with mythical stories of the mountain “permitting” climbers to reach its top — considered the ultimate honor granted to a mortal by nature. 

When a climb doesn't go as planned, locals tell each other the mountain refused to be scaled. 

“The Nepalese climbers finally reached the summit of Mt. K2 … this afternoon at 17:00 local time,” Dawa wrote. “This is the first winter ascent of the 2nd highest mountain in the world and the ONLY eight-thousander (8000er) to be climbed in winter. This is a greatest achievement in the history of mountaineering, this is a good example of team work … ‘If a mountain lets you climb it, no one can stop you.’” 

One of the ten Nepalese climbers, Mingma G, also became the first mountaineer to summit the peak in winter without an oxygen cylinder.

K2 earned the nickname of “savage mountain” since a large number of climbers — 86 in all — lost their lives while trying to scale it. 

In 2008, 11 climbers from an international expedition died in what was considered as the single worst accident in the history of mountaineering. 

K2 straddles the Pakistan-China border. While it is about two-and-a-half football fields shorter than Everest (8,848 meters), it is widely considered to be the toughest and most dangerous mountain to climb. 

More than 300 climbers have scaled K2 in spring and summer. Italians Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli were the first to reach its summit in the summer of 1954.