Celebs and netizens congratulate ‘superwoman’ Samina Baig on becoming the first Pakistani woman to summit K2

Published 23 Jul, 2022 05:07pm

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The mountaineer was followed shortly by Naila Kiani, who is the second Pakistani woman to climb the world’s second highest peak.

<p>Photo: Samina Baig/Instagram and Nighat Dad/Twitter</p>

Photo: Samina Baig/Instagram and Nighat Dad/Twitter

Pakistani women are making history and are quite literally conquering mountains — Samina Baig has become the first Pakistani woman to climb K2, the world’s second highest peak. She was followed shortly by mountaineer Naila Kiani and this achievement has the nation bursting with pride.

More than 100 climbers summited the 8,611-metre K2 in a single day, including female mountaineers from Pakis­tan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Baig, who summited Mt. Everest in 2013, summited K2 along with her team, three hours before ‘mountaineer mom’ Kiani, who scaled Gasherbrum-II only last year, summited it. In all, 18 Pakistanis, including many from Gilgit-Baltistan, scaled the country’s highest peak on the same day.

On Saturday, Kiani’s team said the climbers are on their way down and posted a BTS clip of the trek.

The news was met by cries of joy by people all over the country. Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy called it the “best news of the day”.

Actor Komal Rizvi called the climbers “empowered Pakistani women” while actor Adnan Malik pointed out that they were “making HERstory”.

Lawyer and activist Nighat Dad, and singer Quratulain Balouch joined in with their congratulatory posts.

Netizens called Baig a “superwoman” and congratulated the climbers on bringing forth “such a proud moment for Pakistan”.

Kudos to Pakistan’s very own superwomen!