One of two missing Japanese climbers' body found at Spantik Peak in Pakistan

11:51 PM | 15 Jun, 2024
One of two missing Japanese climbers' body found at Spantik Peak in Pakistan
Source: File photos

Pakistani officials reported on Saturday that rescuers had located the body of a Japanese climber who had gone missing at Spantik Peak in the Shigar Valley of northern Pakistan.

"Today (Saturday), we found the body of one of the two missing Japanese climbers, and the search for the second climber is ongoing," said Shigar Deputy Commissioner Walullah Falahi.

Karrar Haidri, Secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, confirmed this development and mentioned that high-altitude porters successfully retrieved the body from Spantik Peak, also known as Golden Peak.

"The body has been moved to a safer location, but the search for the second climber continues. The identity of the deceased climber has not yet been confirmed. Authorities are coordinating with the Japanese Embassy and the tour company, with decisions pending on whether to repatriate the body or bury it in Pakistan," Haidri said.

He also noted that army helicopters have been assisting in the rescue efforts since Thursday.

Ryuseki Hiraoka and Atsushi Taguchi went missing on Tuesday while climbing in Alpine style without porters between the Shigar and Nagar districts in the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

In August last year, a Japanese climber was killed, and another was injured during an expedition in the region.

Formerly known as the Northern Area and once part of the erstwhile Pakistan-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan is home to five peaks over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet), including K2, the world's second-highest mountain peak.

Several mountaineers have lost their lives in recent years while attempting to ascend these treacherous mountains. Pakistan's iconic climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara, Iceland's John Snorri, and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr were killed while attempting to summit the 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) K2 in July 2021.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
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Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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