ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a telephone conversation with Army Commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa on the Tuesday on which he was informed of the wanted for Pakistani army helicopter that lost contact with control tower in Balochistan and went missing late Monday evening.
Fate of this is six-crew member, including commander of the Quetta Corps was not immediately known. The helicopter was part of relief efforts in flood-hit Balochistan.
military said they were searching for plane without saying whether it crashed. Commander on board Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali in charge of relief operations in provinces.
During the conversation, the army commander said prime minister on the ongoing search for helicopter since last night.
Sharif expressed concern over in safety of on board, especially General Ali. He named general “worthy professional”.
prime minister said the entire nation was deeply saddened by the tragic incident and prayed for safe return of in soldiers.
He said that officials who helped flood Victims appeared as an example of devotion and service.
He said he was serving brothers and sisters and children in their hour of need was real strength of nation.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Arif Alvi also expressed concern over incident and prayed for safe return of crew, his office said.
development came hours after authorities announced flash floods triggered heavy monsoon rains killed 140 more people over in past a week. Deaths raised the overall death rain-related fatalities from June to 478 in Pakistan.
Rescuers with support military evacuated thousands of abandoned peopleincluding women as well as children from Balochistan, in in the northwest and elsewhere since then last week when government deployed helicopters to expand ongoing rescue operations.
Floods completely destroyed or almost 37,000 damaged homes in in flood-hit districts from June 14, according to a report released by the National Disaster Management and Management Administration (NDMA).