HARNAI: Six Pakistan Army officials including two senior officers were martyred after their helicopter crashed during a flying mission near Khost in Balochistan’s Harnai area, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday.
The military’s media wing said, “All six personnel on board, including two pilots, have embraced shahadat.”
The martyred officers were identified as Major Khurram Shahzad, Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal, Sub Abdul Wahid, Sepoy Muhammad Imran, Nk Jalil and Sepoy Shoaib.
- Major Khurram Shahzad, 39, resident of Attock. He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
- Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal, 30, resident of Rawalpindi. He was married with two sons.
- Sub Abdul Wahid, 44, resident of Village Sabir Abad in Karak. He is survived by his wife and four children.
- Sepoy Muhammad Imran, 27, resident of Makhdoompur Khanewal. He was married with three children, including two daughters and a son.
- Nk Jalil, 30, was part of the crew, a resident of Kharian, District Gujrat. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
- Sepoy Shoaib, 35, a resident of district Attock. He was married with one son.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the helicopter crash and said on Twitter, “Deeply saddened by the martyrdom of 6 military officials, including 2 pilots, in the accident of Pakistan Army helicopter in Harnai, Balochistan,”
“The entire nation shares the grief of the bereaved families,” he added.
ہرنائی بلوچستان میں پاک فوج کے ہیلی کاپٹر کے حادثے میں 2 پائلٹس سمیت 6 فوجی اہلکاروں کی شہادت پر دل شدید دکھی اور رنجیدہ ہے۔اللہ تعالی سے دعا ہے کہ وہ شہداء کو جنت الفردوس میں جگہ عطا فرمائے اور ان کے لواحقین کو صبر جمیل دے۔ پوری قوم غمزدہ خاندانوں کے دکھ میں شریک ہے۔
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 26, 2022
Last month, a Pakistan Army aviation helicopter — which was on flood relief operations in Balochistan’s Lasbela — had gone missing and the wreckage of the copter had later been found in a coastal district of Balochistan.
None of the six officers and crew on board had survived the crash.