Pakistan Army Helicopter
Yesterday evening, on August 1, 2022 Pakistan Army Helicopter got missing and lost contact with the air traffic in Lasbella district. This happened because of bad weather condition and pre-monsoon in Pakistan. Six army personnel including senior officers and soldiers on board helicopter. And today, at 3:21 pm, DG ISPR confirmed the Shahadah of all six of them including Lt. General Sarfraz Ali. The lieutenant was an army commander of XII-corps in Quetta. After the search operation of 16-18 hours, the helicopter was found crashed in Musa Goth, Winder, Lasbella.
According to the information released by DG ISPR, besides lieutenant, other martyrs include: Brig Amjad Hanif, Brig Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major Muhammad Talha Manan and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz. According to The News, Major Saeed Ahmed was pilot, and Major Muhammad Talha Manan was rendering the services of co-pilot.
The reason of Pakistan Army Helicopter crash is unpredictably bad weather. Monsoon hits earlier this year in Pakistan. It has clean sweep small towns and villages. Many casualties are reported on daily basis, but most often the media correspondents and politicians play blind and deaf in the hour of need. Not only this but due to poor urban planning urban flooding has occurred. As always politicians were busy in their own conflicts and Pak Army has been rescuing the flood victims. According to military media wing, the martyrs were there to rescue flood victims, but unfortunately they lost their lives in the process.
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Earlier today, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif communicated his concerns with Chief of Army Staff, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. In his call, he showed deep affection towards lieutenant and prayed for other onboard officers and soldiers. Additionally, he added that the lieutenant was one of the most professional and finest men. Later, after the news of martyrdom, he tweeted at 3:56 pm and shows deep grief for the martyrs. Not only from his side, but from the whole nation, as he stated, “nation is deeply grieved on the martyrdom…”. He further stated they all were noble souls because they sacrifice their lives serving humanity.
On this heart wrenching incident, President Arif Alvi also communicated Gen Bajwa over phone and offered his condolences over the tragic incident took place in Balochistan. Former Prime Minister, Imran Khan also offered condolences and grief via tweet, and claimed himself to be privileged because he knows the lieutenant in person. In his opinion, the lieutenant was an upright man, and surely, he will be rewarded with the best.
انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
Translation: We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return
Being Muslim practitioners, we believe death is the utter reality and we all have to meet our creator one day. By this tragic incident of Pakistan Army Helicopter crash we all can pray may Almighty high ranks of Lt. General Sarfraz Ali and other departed souls. Additionally, we all can pay tribute to them by continuing their cause by helping people in need.