President, PM express grief over martyrdom of Army officials in helicopter crash

President, PM express grief over martyrdom of Army officials in helicopter crash

Islamabad (Web Desk): President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday expressed deep grief over the martyrdom of six officials of Pakistan Army in a helicopter crash in Balochistan's Harnai district.

Paying tribute to the officials of Pakistan Army who laid down their lives in the line of their duty, President Arif Alvi prayed for higher ranks for all departed souls.

He also prayed for the grant of patience to the families of the martyred troops.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of six army officials including two pilots in the helicopter crash.

He said that the entire nation was grieved over the loss of lives of the troops and their families.

The premier prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace and for the grant of patience to the bereaved family.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo expressing sorrow over the crash of a helicopter said the entire nation pays rich tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during performing duties.

He prayed for departed souls and expressed sympathy with bereaved families.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah also expressed grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of Pakistan Army's personnel in the helicopter crash.

In a statement, he said those rendering sacrifices for the security of the homeland are benefactors of the nation.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb expressed also grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of personnel of Pakistan Army.

In a statement, she said that the entire nation salutes the great sacrifices of its martyrs.

Earlier on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that six Pakistan Army officials, including two majors, were martyred after a helicopter crashed during a flying mission near Khost in Harnai, Balochistan.

"All six personnel on board, including two pilots, have embraced shahadat," the military's media affairs wing said, adding that the incident occurred late last night.

The martyred officials were identified as Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal, Major Khurram Shahzad, Subedar Abdul Wahid, Sepoy Muhammad Imran, Sepoy Shoaib and Naik Jalil.