But most impressively, Samina chose to dedicate her expedition to a higher cause — for the confidence and empowerment of Pakistani women, in particular, those who come from the most remote regions of the country, like Samina herself. However, it would not be a stretch to say that Samina was not the only one to create history at 7.40am on May 19. Her brother Mirza Ali, who beamed with pride next to his sister, while she gave press interviews, is an equally remarkable component of this tale.
It is stories of men like Mirza Ali — a brother who turned back at 8,600 metres, just 248 metres shy of conquering the summit, to let his sister take the lead and declare to the world that women are just as capable as men — that need to be told. Stories of men who gun down young girls because they are frightened and threatened by her relentless pursuit of education should be shunned and condemned to serve as a lesson to those men who choose to be inspired by them!