by Shujaat Ali
Qurban Muhammad the legendary mountaineer and a high altitu derescue specialist, among the very few top best in Pakistan, who belongs to Shimshal valley is well known not only in Pakistan but abroad for his skills. He is a young, brave, energetic and dedicated mountaineer of our region especially known for his rescue operations experience on high mountains of Pakistan like, Nanga Parbat – ‘The killer mountain’ and K-2 ‘The second highest mountain in the world’. Undoubtedly he is a messiah of, having saved many precious lives on snow covered mountains of Pakistan by putting his own life on high risk
Qurban’s presence in any expedition promises success and confidence, his companios would say. His rescue mission, twice, on four camps of Nanga Parbat are unique and daring in terms of difficulty level. He has rescued stranded mountaineers of Spain, Japan, Germany, America and Russia on K-2, Gasherbrum1, Gasherbrum 2, Broad Peak and Nanga Parbat (twice) on special request of Ministry of Tourism and Alpine Club of Pakistan.
Qurban has successfully scaled Nanga Parbat, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum II, Spantink and Kunyanchish. This year he was on his mission to K-2. He climbed it up to 8,400 meters, only 211m short of the summit, but heavy snow and bad weather prevented him from hoisting Pakistani flag on top of the world’s second highest peak.
Unfortunately on Sunday, August 30, 2009 he was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad. Doctors have diagnosed his illness and he is under treatment for an unknown period.
Mountaineering is the most dangerous and expensive form of human adventure and sports, but they are not well rewarded in monetary terms. Mountaineers who are the real ambassadors of Pakistan are often low on the priorities of sports ministry in Pakistan. They are deprived of the common rights available to other sportsmen.
Concerned authorities especially Ministry of Tourism and Alpine Club of Pakistan are expected to pay special attention toward medical treatment of the top bestrescue specialist of Pakistan, an asset of our country.