- Says accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday that all those onboard the Pakistan Army helicopter that went missing a day ago embraced martyrdom.
In a tweet, Director-General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar (DG ISPR) said debris of the helicopter was found at Moosa Goth, Windar, Lasbela in Balochistan.
"Accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations," the DG ISPR said.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the nation is deeply grieved on the martyrdom of Lt. General Sarfraz Ali and other officers of the 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!"
On Monday, a Pakistan army aviation helicopter with senior military officers, including Corps Commander Quetta, on board, lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) during the flood relief operation in Lasbela, Balochistan.
As per the military media wing, six individuals were on board, including Commander 12 Corps, Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali (ex DG MI), who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan.
The individuals onboard other than corps commander Quetta, were Pakistan Coast Guard, Major General Amjad, Comd Engineers XII Corps, Brigadier Khalid, Major Saeed (Pilot), Major Talha (Co-Pilot) and Crew Chief Nk Mudassir.
Earlier, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the latest information regarding the missing army aviation helicopter.
Army chief Gen Bajwa had informed Shehbaz about the ongoing search operation that has been in effect since last night.