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By:Muhammad Rafi Karachi
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2012, 8:48 am

SAMINA BAIG, from Hunza Valley, Pakistan

Click here to watch Samina’s video

Pakistani Female Mountaineer Sets A Record

SPECIAL REPORT | Friday | 2 March 2012 | Pakistanis At Work Series

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Samina Baig, born in a small village, Shimshal, in Hunza Valley in the scenic and mountainous northern Pakistan, has become the first female mountaineer from her country to climb the previously unconquered Chashkin Sar (6,400m) peak.

Baig filmed a nice video to explain her adventure.

Her feat comes as Pakistanis celebrate another Pakistani woman’s Oscar win. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won laurels for her nation through a short documentary on a British-Pakistani surgeon’s quest to help poor women back home.

In 2004, then 24-year-old Pakistani Anoushka Kachelo trekked to the North Pole, becoming the youngest woman in the world and the first Pakistani to walk the last degree of the North Pole.

Anoushka Kachelo, from Sindh, Pakistan

In its nearly seventy years of modern history since independence, Pakistan has produced a long list of strong women, including Muslim World’s first woman prime minister. Pakistan has also had first female parliament speakers and first female judges.

Pakistani women’s achievements are rooted in the country’s Islamic traditions of woman empowerment, although a corrupt political elite and outdated tribal customs pose a big challenge for rural Pakistani women struggling to overcome failed politicians and feudal lords.