Pakistani Mountaineer Amir Mehdi
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Amir Mehdi: Left out to freeze on K2 and forgotten

Sixty years ago, Amir Mehdi was betrayed by his Italian companions and denied glory at the summit of Pakistan's K2 mountain.

For Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, it was a triumph which brought them global fame, but the conquest would not have been possible without a Pakistani porter, Amir Mehdi.

He wanted to be the first Pakistani to scale the country's highest peak, but he was betrayed by his Italian companions, left to spend a night on the ice without shelter, and was lucky to survive.

Shahzeb Jillani reports.

  • 08 Aug 2014
  • From the section Asia
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