Uninsured Czech climbers in Pakistan not to get help from state

The Czech Foreign Ministry has said it will not pay for the rescue operation of two Czech mountain climbers in Pakistan, although the country’s embassy is in contact with them. The Pakistani authorities are refusing to let the two Czechs go until they cover the cost of the operation to save them because neither had the required permits or appropriate insurance to go mountain climbing in the area. The rescue operation reportedly cost the equivalent of half a million Czech crowns. The Czech Foreign Ministry said it was trying to help negotiate a solution to the problem.