RAWALPINDI: Six members of the Pakistan Army have died in a helicopter crash in Balochistan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.
Military news outlets have confirmed the wreckage of an unfortunate helicopter found during a flood relief operation in Musa He Goth, Winder, Las Vela.
“All six of his officers and soldiers who suspected Lieutenant Sarfraz Ali hugged his Shahadat,” he said, ISPR, adding that initial investigations indicated the accident was due to bad weather.
Six Pakistan Army personnel embraced martyrdom in Balochistan helicopter crash: ISPR
The wreckage of unfortunate hel which was on flood relief ops found in Musa Goth, Windar, Lasbela. All 6 offrs & sldrs incl Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali embraced shahadat. اِنّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations . DTF pic.twitter.com/dnyano2vqC
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 2, 2022
A day earlier, a military helicopter en route from Quetta to Karachi had lost contact with air traffic control.
Six of him were on board, including the commander of the 12th Corps, who was overseeing flood relief operations in Balochistan,” the army’s media department told the helicopter pilot.
Coast Guard Chiefs Brigadier General Amjad Hanif, Brigadier General Muhammad Khalid and Naik Mudashir Fayaz also boarded the helicopter.
Today Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif received an update on the incident during a telephone conversation with Chief of the Army General Staff (COAS) General Kamal Javed Bajwa.
In a telephone conversation, COAS informed the Prime Minister of the ongoing search operation since yesterday evening.
The Prime Minister expressed concern for the safety of his Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, commander of the 12th Corps, and his six other personnel and Kiefer on board the helicopter.
He described Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali as a thorough professional and an excellent man.
He said the officers and Javans who assisted the flood victims were examples of dedication and service.
The Prime Minister said that serving brothers, sisters and children in times of need is the true strength of the Pakistani nation.
Condolences pour in
President Dr. Arif Alvi called his CAOS Qamar Javed Bajwa to express condolences over the deaths of his six military personnel in the tragic incident.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی کا آرمی چیف سے ٹیلی فون پر رابطہ، بلوچستان ہیلی کاپٹر حادثے کے شہداء کیلئے اظہار افسوس
صدر مملکت کا ہیلی کاپٹر حادثے میں شہید ہونے والے فوجی افسران اور جوانوں کی شہادت پر گہرے رنج و غم کا اظہار
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) August 2, 2022
COAS confirmed that all personnel aboard the helicopter accepted the martyrdom, adding that the incident occurred due to bad weather and poor visibility during rescue and relief operations in the state. claimed that the wreckage had been recovered.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said in his message of condolences that the whole country was deeply saddened by the martyrdom of the lieutenant. Gen Ali and five other officers of the Pakistan Army.
Nation is deeply grieved on the martyrdom of Lt. General Sarfraz Ali & 5 other officers of Pakistan Army. They were doing a sacred duty of providing relief to flood affectees. Will remain eternally indebted to these sons of soil. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 2, 2022
“They were fulfilling their sacred duty to help the flood victims. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” he wrote on Twitter.
Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif expresses his grief over the tragic incident and asks forgiveness from the souls of the martyrs.
صلہ شہید کیا ہے تب و تاب جاودانہ!
اللہ وطن عزیز کے بہادر بیٹوں کو جنت الفردوس میں جگہ عطا فرماۓ آمین https://t.co/g4qCQcNzim
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) August 2, 2022
PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari also offered his condolences over the deaths of the Army official in the incident.
سابق صدر آصف علی زرداری کا بلوچستان میں فوجی ہیلی کاپٹر کے حادثے پر اظہار افسوس
آصف علی زرداری کا لیفٹیننٹ جنرل سرفراز علی اور میجر جنرل امجد بریگیڈیئر محمد خالد میجر سعید احمد میجر محمد طلحہ منان اور مدثر حیات کی شہادت پر صدمے کا اظہار @AAliZardari
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) August 2, 2022
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