The opening session of the General Assembly of Union of the Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) was held here on Monday at a local hotel where Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada was invited as chief guest.
Alpine Club of Pakistan hosted the General Assembly of Union of the Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) - the Asian Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. It is pertinent to mention here that this General Assembly is being held in Pakistan after 11 years. Due to various reasons no meeting of the mountaineering and climbing community could be held earlier. The Asian Union is holding the General Assembly especially to show their solidarity with Pakistan after the terrorist attack on Nanga Parbat Base Camp in last June. It is hoped that this International meeting will help promote mountain tourism in Pakistan in the coming years.
President of Alpine Club of Pakistan and Founder Member of UAAA Col Manzoor Hussain, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, federal minister for inter provincial coordination, Frits Vrijlandt, president of Union of the International Alpine Associations, Injung Lee, president of Union of the Asian Alpine Associations, Christine Pae, Secretary General of UAAA, Jong Hwan Song Ambassador of Korea, Abu Zafar Sadiq, secretary of Alpine Club of Pakistan and delegates from the UAAA federations attended the inaugural session.
Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada while speaking at the inaugural session said that the government has taken necessary steps to ensure safety and security of climbers, trekkers and other tourists in Pakistan. The minister appreciated the efforts of Alpine Club of Pakistan to host the Assembly in perspective of recent attacks on climbers at Diamer face Nanga Parbat base camp. These forces wanted Pakistan to be isolated from the rest of the world.
ACP President Col Manzoor Hussain said that he was thankful to all the delegates from UAAA who have travelled from various destinations to Islamabad for the General Assembly on the invitation of Alpine Club of Pakistan. He was also thankful to Frits Vrijlandt President UIAA who in spite of his busy schedule at the international level was there at the General Assembly.
Frits Vrijlandt, president of Union of the International Alpine Associations while speaking on the occasion said Nanga Parbat incident was a criminal act. “Mountaineers are a symbol of peace, it is a risk already that they undertake while climbing the mountain. I urge the government of Pakistan to please make sure that this remains a one-time incident only,” he said.
Injung Lee, president of Union of the Asian Alpine Associations, Jong Hwan Song, ambassador of Korea and Abu Zafar Sadiq, secretary of Alpine Club of Pakistan also spoke on the occasion.Later, minister inaugurated the photo exhibition of Karrar Haidri, photographer and media director of Alpine Club of Pakistan. The exhibition was comprised of wide range of photos of mountain sports, tourism and culture of Pakistan.