However, the search team formed to find the missing climbers has refuted the baseless claims. Sadpara, along with two other foreign climbers,Iceland’s John Snorri and Chile’s Juan Pablo Mohr, went missing trying to climb K2 on February 5.
The world’s second highest peak at 8,611m (28,251 feet) and also reputedly the deadliest, is notoriously difficult to climb in the winter season. Pakistan military has used a high-altitude C-130 aircraft and infrared technology to spot possible shelters on the peak, but to no avail.
On 15 February, a UAE-based media organisation Soch Media tweeted a picture of Sadpara with a caption that states he has been found alive.
Gurualpha, a local news outlet, also published an article claiming that Sadpara had been saved by Pakistan Army.
A YouTube video posted by New Global Facts, which has been viewed over 88,000 times, claimed that the mountaineer had miraculously been found.
A similar video posted by Historical Facts also made the same claim.
The alpinist’s official Twitter account, however, dispelled all these claims. His management team said that the :fake news” had caused immense “distress”.
They also reiterated the need to avoid such baseless claims from being made.