The day started with disastrous news, as Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) officially stated that on Monday, six Pakistan Army officials, including two majors, were martyred after a helicopter crashed during a flying mission near Khost in Harnai, Balochistan.
In the past years, such incidents left the country in deep sorrow and today’s incident shattered the hearts of the martyr’s family.
It all happened last night when six of these Army officials went on a flying mission and never come back alive.
Helicopter crash took six Pak Army officials’ life
ISPR media affair spokesperson further said that “All six personnel on board, including two pilots, have embraced shahadat.”
The martyred officials were identified as:
- 39-year-old Major Khurram Shahzad (pilot), a resident of Attock. He was married with one daughter.
- 30-year-old Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal (pilot), a resident of Rawalpindi. He was married with two sons.
- 44-year-old Subedar Abdul Wahid, a resident of Sabirabad village in Karak. He was married with four children, including three sons and a daughter.
- 27-year-old Sepoy Muhamad Imran, a resident of Makhdoompur in Khanewal. He was married with two daughters and a son.
- 30-year-old Naik Jalil, a resident of village Bhutta, Lohara, Teh Kharian in Gujrat district. He was married with two sons.
- 35-year-old Sepoy Shoaib, a resident of village Khatarphatti PO Syeeda Teh Jhand in Attock district. He was married with one son.
That’s the second incident that took place in more than a month in the same region Balochistan. The ISPR has yet to release details about the cause of the crash.
Last month, on August 1st, a Pakistani Army helicopter with same amount of persons six including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, lost contact with the air traffic control in Balochistan’s Lasbela district.
Government officials reacting to the crash
Soon the news came on news outlets, government officials shared their deep condolences and prayed for the martyred.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that he was deeply grieved. He prayed for the deceased and their family members, adding that the entire nation shared the grief of the bereaved.
President Arif Alvi also expressed grief over the incident and paid tributes to the martyred officials.
PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry said helicopter flying was getting dangerous, adding that this required “engineering evaluation”.
“Too many crashes […] rest in peace Bravehearts. All were too young to die,” he said.
Our Army officers fought for their lives to protect our country, last year four soldiers embraced shahadat after the terrorist attack at an army check post in South Waziristan.
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