Pak celebrates first woman up Everest

May 21, 2013, 02:12 IST | AFP

Pakistan congratulated Samina Baig on becoming the first woman from the country to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The 22-year-old Baig, from the small town of Shimshal in the Hunza valley in Pakistan’s mountainous north, scaled the 8,848 metre (29,029 feet) peak early on Sunday after a gruelling expedition in rough weather.

Karrar Haidri, member executive council of Pakistan Alpine Club (PAC), said Baig had raised Pakistan’s name in the world. “She is a brave girl who summited the peak and sent us a message of her achievement and the whole Pakistan is feeling proud of her,” Haidri told AFP.

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