Islamabad, October 20: Veteran mountaineer and a retired Lt. Col, Manzoor Hussain , has been unanimously elected President of the Alpine Club of Pakistan for a 3-year term during the Club’s Annual General Meeting held in Islamabd. Hussain replaces the outgoing president, Nazir Sabir.
According to a press release Col. Manzoor has been a member of the Alpine Club since its inception in 1974. In 1978 he organised and co-led Pak-Japanese Services Expedition to 7,284 metres high Passu peak in Hunza which made its first international ascent. Pakistani summiteers included famous mountaineer Col Sher Khan.
In 1996 Col. Hussain organised and led the largest Alpine Club expedition again to Passu Peak which succeeded in putting 15 members on the summit. During his Army service as an engineering graduate Col Manzoor worked on the construction of Karakoram Highway and later on Skardu road where in 1979 he was seriously injured.
Four Vice Presidents have also been elected in the elections, including veteran mountaineer/skier and Vice President of the Pakistan Ski Federation Wng Comd Javed Iqbal (Retd), eminent mountaineer and Paragliding chief instructor Lt Col Jababr Bhatti (Retd), eminent tour operator and outdoor adventurer Muhammad Ali Changezi and another mountaineer/adventurer Shah Jehan Khan, Station Manager PIA, Skardu.
Outdoor adventurer Mr Abu Zaffar Sadiq, an official of the Ministry of Sports was elected as Club’s Secretary.
A 14-member executive council comprising of tour operators and adventurers was also elected during the meeting.