Six Pakistan Army personnel martyred in Balochistan helicopter crash: ISPR

Six Pakistan Army personnel martyred in Balochistan helicopter crash: ISPR

Rawalpindi (Web Desk): The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday confirmed that the wreckage of the Pakistan Army helicopter that went missing in Balochistan last night was found near Musa Goth in the Lasbela district, leaving leaving six military personnel martyred.

In a statement on Twitter, the military's media wing said that all 6 officers and soldiers including Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali embraced shahadat.

It added that the accident occurred due to bad weather, as per initial investigations.

The chopper was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan when it lost contact with ATC [air traffic control].

Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, who was supervising Balochistan’s relief operations in the ill-fated copter, Brigadier Amjad Hanif, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major M Talha Manan and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz embraced martyrdom.

Pakistan Army aviation helicopter, which was on flood relief operations in Balochistan’s Lasbela, went missing on Monday after it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC), the ISPR said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a telephonic conversation with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday sought the latest updated regarding the missing Army Aviation helicopter.

According to details, the COAS informed the premier about the ongoing search operations since last night.

The prime minister expressed his concern over the safety of Commander of 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali and other six officials and jawans onboard the helicopter.

"Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali is a top professional soldier and a wonderful person," PM Shehbaz said.

He expressed concern for the safety of everyone on board.

The prime minister also asked the nation to keep the brave Pakistani soldiers in their thoughts and prayers, and stated that the unfortunate incident has deeply saddened the entire country.

"These dutiful sons who helped flood victims have emerged as great examples of service," PM Shehbaz said.

The army chief has been informing the prime minister about the ongoing search for the missing helicopter since last night.