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Renowned Iranian mountaineer Mohammad Oraz dies in Pakistan

A renowned Iranian mountaineer, who was injured while climbing one of world`s highest peaks in northern Pakistan, died in a hospital in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad early Sunday after one month of unconsciousness, IRNA reported.

Mohammad Oraz, 32, was among a group of 4 Iranian mountaineers, who were trying to conquer one of the six highest peaks in the Pakistani northern area of Skardo, bordering China.

Oraz and another of his colleagues Moqbel Honarpajouh were at the altitude of 7,900 meters, only 167 meters away from the 8,067-meter Gashe Broom-1 peak when an avalanche hit them. They had climbed over five peaks and were trying to attack the last one.

The avalanche brought them 600 meters down. Oraz received serious injuries and was shifted to Islamabad by a Pakistani military helicopter.

Moqbel Honarpajouh, 19, received minor injuries and was discharged from the hospital last week after medical treatment.

Oraz conquered the world highest Mount Everest (Nepal) in 1998. The Iranian ambassador, Mohammad Ibrahim Taherian, last week visited the injured Iranian mountaineer in Shifa International Hospital and inquired about his health.

He praised the Pakistani military for quickly shifting the mountaineers in a helicopter soon after the incident. He also thanked members of the Pakistan Federation of Mountaineers for their help during the incident

Oraz` body will soon be shifted to Iran for burial, said the Iranian embassy in Islamabad.

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