Blog archive for July 2013

Massacre on Nanga Parbat

31 July 2013
Nanga Parbat

The murder of 11 people at the base camp for Nanga Parbat, in the Pakistan Himalaya, on the night of 22-23 June was, as far as I know, the worst act of violence ever directed against mountaineers. It was also a symptom of the increasingly sectarian and xenophobic character of terrorism and political violence in Pakistan. And it raises worrying questions about the safety of climbers and trekkers in other parts of Pakistan, including the Karakoram mountains.

Update 19 August 2013: Police in Pakistan say they have arrested 20 suspects in connection with the massacre.