Samina Baig and Naila Kiani broke through cloud cover and rock ceiling to reach new heights and climb the second highest peak in the world, K2.
Maybe they can’t hear the cheers and applause right now because they are so high in the mountains, but Samina Baig and Naila Kiani’s great feat of becoming the first two Pakistani women to summit K2 last week is also celebrated by other Pakistani sportswomen. . Here they are, sending their congratulatory messages to the two.
“It was amazing to see Samina and Naila reach the top of K2,” said squash player Noorena Shams. “A perfect act of resilience, strength, determination and ambition. They’re just paving the way for other girls across the country. »
The young squash player from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also says that in her village most of the women climb the hills to fetch firewood etc. “My mother, my khala [maternal aunt] also used to climb hills in childhood. It was an adventure to climb the hills each time we visited our home village.
“But of course, I’ve always dreamed of free mobility for women. They don’t have to climb hills just to get wood. This is a fight in my region. You can’t hike aimlessly,” she concludes.
Pakistani sportswomen rejoice in the recent success of mountaineers Samina Baig and Naila Kiani, who became the first women in their country to reach the K2 summit
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Pakistan’s first female rally driver, Tushna Patel, says she is proud to have talents like Baig and Kiani in Pakistan. “And the government should support this talent so that more and more athletes can do us proud at international level,” she said.
“Samina and Naila have played a great role in promoting mountaineering as well as Pakistan’s image in the world. Talents like theirs should be harnessed at a younger age where they can be trained to achieve great honors around the world,” she adds.
“I myself am the first Pakistani woman to run off-road, I think there is a lack of government support and there are more hidden talents to be discovered in this country. I was lucky to have a supportive husband to help me achieve what I have in a truly male dominated sport, but I’m also proud that thanks to me, many other women are now involved in driving I salute these women for their achievements and wish them more and more success in their future endeavours. Pakistan Zindabad!
The captain of the Pakistan women’s cricket team, who is currently playing in Ireland, also extended her congratulations to Samina and Naila via a voice message sent to Eos. “Congratulations to Samina Baig and Naila Kiani for becoming the first two Pakistani women to summit K2. It’s a huge achievement and more power for both of you,” she said.
National javelin champion Fatima Hussain says she was hiking in Muzaffarabad recently when she heard the news about Samina and Naila. “I was so happy to hear about their achievement. And being a woman and a Pakistani, my happiness has doubled and tripled. I pray that they will make the country even more proud in the future too,” she says.
“Quite frankly, I find hiking in the hills so difficult and challenging that I have that much more respect for anyone who goes beyond and climbs mountains. Samina and Naila are very brave to have chosen this adventure”, she adds.
Pakistani women’s netball team captain Nisha Sultan also felt delighted with the achievement of the two climbers. “I’m so happy for them and for my country,” she said. “Like me, Samina Baig is also from Gilgit-Baltistan. And having an adventurous spirit myself, I also see myself one day learning mountaineering from her.
For Naila, she said that Naila was into multiple sports and multitasking as she also made her identify with her. “Naila is also a boxer, I hear. I also like other sports like ball throwing besides netball. Maybe if we meet, I can also teach netball and throwing to our climbers,” she says.
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Pakistani mixed martial artist Anita Karim, who is also from Gilgit-Baltistan as one of the two climbers, says she is in Thailand at the moment, but she congratulated Samina and Naila on Instagram as soon as she heard of their great rise. “I congratulate and applaud both women on this important milestone and I fully respect Samina Baig for paving the way for young women to push towards their vision and work hard to achieve it,” she said.
The first international goalscorer for Pakistan in women’s football, Mehwish Khan says she is in awe of all climbers as she herself is very anxious. “I’m afraid of heights, so I’m amazed to hear people climbing some of the highest peaks in the world. And Samina and Naila are the best of them, because they’re women too,” laughs. she.
“I want to congratulate them both. They are a real inspiration to all women not just in Pakistan but all over the world. They proved how strong women can be. May Almighty God bless them with more success,” she said.
Posted in Dawn, EOS, July 31, 2022