Paragliding was developed in
Europe during early 1980s and was open to all by 1985. It was probably the
first time in Pakistan, when two French mountaineers flew Para gliders in
Karakoram, Northern Areas of Pakistan in 1985.
Many foreigners took the
advantage of undefined laws about paragliding in Pakistan and flew among the
highest mountain on earth. In September 2004 Markus Mayer – German and some of
his friends enjoyed their flights near the Fairy Meadows, Nanga Parbat base of
Riakot face and in Hunza Valley. Markus Mayer in 1997 first time in Pakistan
he flew from Nathiagali down into the Jehlum Valley.
David Hamilton – British
mountaineer took some flight near Gondogoro Pass, Hamish Robertson –
Australian mountaineer also flew from Gondogoro Pass to Hushe Valley in 2005
summer (check the pictures).
But it was not before 1990
when a Pakistani (again mountaineer), Captain (now Lieutenant Colonel) Doctor
Abdul Jabbar Bhatti, brought this sport to Pakistan and demonstrated his
skills to Pakistanis through Pakistan Television. Even before there was
another Pakistani enthusiast Sajjad Hussain Shah, who started learning this
air sport during 1986 in Japan and started flying in Pakistan in 1993.
Later on many other people
learnt this sport and flown in the airs of Pakistan like, Belal Ahmed, Abbas
Hussain and many more to mention.
To promote three free flying
sports i.e. hang gliding, paragliding and parasailing in Pakistan PAFF –
Pakistan Association of Free Flying was formed later in 2002. PAFF is
recognized by Civil Aviation Authority as Microlight Organization (governing
body) in Pakistan. PAFF is also affiliated with International Aeronautical
Federation through All Pakistan Ultralight and Aero Modeling Association.
Paragliding is a very
challenging, life-threatening sport for beginners in Karakoram, better the
professional do this sport in Karakoram, weather is very different and unusual
strong conditions even for good pilots.
Source: Asghar Ali
M/s Jasmine Tours
GPO Box 859, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Tel: 0092-51-5586823 Fax:
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