A Pakistan Army Aviation Helicopter carrying Six Military officials got crashed in Balochistan due to bad weather conditions as per initial investigations. It was en route from Quetta to Karachi on Monday evening; 1st August, 2022. The helicopter was in Lasbela when it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC), Pakistan’s military’s media wing said in a tweet on Monday.

According to DG ISPR, the helicopter was on flood relief mission. A police source confirmed that the helicopter crashed near a place called Sassi Pannu in a mountainous region in Lasbela. The search operation was complicated without jeep due to the mountainous terrain. Heavy rains and flash floods have wreaked havoc in Balochistan, claiming 147 lives. The civil authorities and the Pakistan Army are currently providing relief programmes to the displaced locals in the province.

The President and the Prime Minister have expressed deep grief over the martyrdom of army officers. President Dr. Arif Alvi telephoned Army Chief General Bajwa and condoled with him over the martyrdom of Army personnel. He said “The dutiful sons of the nation were engaged in flood relief work in Balochistan, and embraced Shahadat while working with great zeal, hard work and dedication to fulfil their duty and serve the nation”. PTI Chairman Imran Khan also tweeted, “Disturbing news of army aviation helicopter missing and praying for all those on board.”

Surprisingly, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) social media accounts are claiming that BSNS/BLA shot down the aviation helicopter. The officers and soldiers were actually on flood relief operation and the helicopter crashed due to bad weather conditions. Their bodies were found in Musa Goth, Windar, Lasbela. Lt. General Sarfraz Ali, two brigadiers, two majors and a soldier embraced Shahadah in this shocking incident and such claims are utterly disrespectful. One of those unacceptable and fake tweet is given below.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the entire nation salutes Lt. General Sarfraz Ali, Director General Pakistan Coast Guards Major General Amjad, Pilot Major Saeed, Co-Pilot Major Talha, and Crew member Naik Mudassar for their supreme sacrifice. General Sarfaraz was a veteran of military operations conducted during the war on terror and was awarded the Tamgha-e-Basalat twice for gallantry on the battlefield. A native of Lahore, the general officer was commissioned 6 Azad Kashmir Regiment in March 1989 and served for 33 years in Pakistan Army. He had three sons and three daughters.

Major General Amjab Hanif, Director General Pakistan Coast Guard had a daughter and two sons. He belonged to Rawlakot in AJK and was commissioned in the 19 Azad Kashmir Regiment in April 1994. He served for 29 years in Pakistan Army. Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, commanding the 12 Corps engineers, had three daughters and three sons. Hailing from Faisalabad, he was commissioned in the 20 Engineer Battalion in 1994 and served for 29 years. Major Saeed, the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft, was from Larkana. He had a son and a daughter. His co-pilot, Major Muhammad Talha Manan had two sons. Crew Chief Naik Mudassir Fayyaz was a native of Narowal and is survived by his wife.

The whole nation is sad over such an unfortunate incident. Families of the Shuhadah must be in deep grief at the moment. Any kind of false claims by BLA, myths and wrong tweets by Army haters reflect their moral values and must be condemned. Pakistanis salutes the brave heroes of our beloved nation for their sacrifices.

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