Shabbir Mir

Shabbir Mir

The writer is a correspondent for The Express Tribune from Gilgit. He can be reached on Twitter at @ShabbirMir

The extraordinary life of Little Karim

“Little Karim is not someone who gives up. He is a fighter and he will keep fighting like he did while climbing the world’s tallest peaks, snatching life from the jaws of death,” remarks journalist Muzafar Hussain as he learns that Mohammad Karim has been in critical condition for the past seven days in a hospital in Skardu. Belonging to the small village of Hushe in the Ghangche District of Baltistan, Karim (populalrly known as “Little Karim”) is a veteran high altitude mountain porter who is famous for his decades worth of expeditions, climbing skills and incredible resolve, which truly belie his small stature. But ...

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