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Major Khurram Shahzad and Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal among six martyred in Balochistan helicopter crash

BY Faizan Ahmed Sep 26, 2022. 11:19 am UPDATED: Sep 26, 2022. 11:19 am

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Six military personnel died in a helicopter crash in Balochistan, including two Pakistani Army majors, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The regrettable occurrence happened late last night during a flying assignment close to Khost city’s Harnai neighbourhood, according to a statement from the military’s media wing.

According to the news release, two pilots were also among the six individuals that perished.

Attock resident Major Khurram Shahzad, 39, is survived by his wife and daughter. The 30-year-old Rawalpindi native Major Muhammad Muneeb Afzal is survived by his wife and two boys.

While sepoy Muhammad Imran, 27, was a native of Khanewal’s Makhdoompur and is survived by a wife and three children, subedar Abdul Wahid, 44, was from Karak’s Sabir Abad village and has left behind a wife and four children.

The 30-year-old Naik Jalil came from the Gujarati village of Bhutta. He left a wife and two kids behind. The 35-year-old Sepoy Shoaib lived in the Khatarphatti hamlet in Attock. He leaves behind a wife and child.

The same number of military personnel were killed when a Pakistan Army chopper crashed in August after going missing for a day.

The helicopter was discovered at Lasbela, Musa Goth, and Windar.

Around 5:30 p.m., it had vanished while travelling from Quetta to Karachi. The individuals in the helicopter were in charge of managing the flood relief operations in the southwest of the nation.

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According to an early investigation, the ISPR stated in a statement that the mishap happened as a result of “poor weather.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the “entire nation was saddened” to hear the news about the chopper crash as he prayed for the forgiveness of the martyred.

“I am deeply upset,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

Fawad Chaudhry, senior vice president of PTI, claimed that helicopter operation was becoming riskier and required engineering review.

“Too many crashes …RIP Braveheart’s all were too young to die,” he lamented.

The heroes who perished in the helicopter tragedy received the sincerest condolences of Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman.

“Prayers and duas for the families,” she added.

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