Monday, September 16, 2013

Pakistan: Update--Families of Climbers Killed by Terrorists Demand US$300,000 Per Wrongful Death

According to, and as a follow-up to my postings of June 23 and June 24, families of Ukrainian climbers who were killed by terrorists in the Nanaga Perbat Base camp on June 23, 2013, have demanded compensation in the amount of US$300,000 for each case of tragic death.

According to The Ukrainian News,  the federation of mountaineering and rock-climbing of the Kharkov area has indicated that no compensation has been given to families of killed climbers from Pakistan or even from the Ukrainian government.

The federation also claimed that the government of Pakistan responded with repeated refusals to the requests of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ukraine to provide monetary compensation to the families of the lost climbers.

COMMENT: In letters which were signed by Tamara Svergun (who lost Igor Svergun’s wife), Oksana Morgun (who lost Dmitry Konyaev’s wife), and Arthur Kashayev (who lost Badavi Kashayev’s son), respectively, is the stated requirement to pay US$300,000 for each case of tragic death.

If authors of the letters don’t receive a response from the Pakistani government within 30 days, the plaintiffs, through their legal counsel, will file a lawsuit against the government of Pakistan. 

According to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, international media now reports that in addition to a Pakistani guide, ten foreigners were robbed and killed.

The local branch of the Taliban took responsibility for the killings, saying it was to avenge the death of a leader killed in a recent US drone strike. 

The ten foreigners who were killed included two Chinese, one Chinese-American, one Nepalese, one Pakistani and five Ukrainians.

As I mentioned previously in my earlier posting, NO foreign tourists should be visiting Pakistan, given the fact that most foreigners are at high risk of being targeted by the Taliban.

Although some parts of the country are deemed "safe," by Pakistanis, the reality is that foreigners will be sought out by the Taliban no matter where in the country they've been observed.

The assailants took the money and passports of the foreigners and then summarily executed them.

The attack took place at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 meters (26,660 feet). It is unclear if the tourists were planning to climb the mountain or were just visiting the base camp, which is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan.

The gunmen were wearing uniforms used by the Gilgit Scouts, a paramilitary police force that patrols the area, said the interior minister. 

The assailants abducted two local guides to find their way to the remote base camp. One of the guides was killed in the shooting, and the other has been detained and is being questioned.