Chopper on alleviation mission missing in Balochistan

COMMANDER XII Corps Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali

KARACHI/QUETTA: A helicopter conveying senior military authorities disappeared in Balochistan on Monday night.

As per an authority proclamation gave by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “A Pakistan armed force flight helicopter which was on flood help tasks in Lasbela, Balochistan lost contact with ATC [air traffic control]”.

Six people were ready including the Commander XII Corps Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was regulating the flood alleviation activities in Balochistan. A few reports likewise recommended that Pakistan Coast Guard Director General Brigadier Amjad Hanif Satti, was additionally ready the missing chopper.

As indicated by the tactical’s media wing, a hunt activity was in progress at the hour of going to press, and more subtleties would be delivered as data opened up.

Commander XII corps among six persons on

board; local volunteers enlisted to help as difficult

terrain hampers search and rescue efforts

Discussing the hunt activity, Deputy Inspector General of Police Khuzdar Range Pervez Umrani let Dawn know that police and Frontier Corps staff were leading a joint quest activity throughout the previous five hours.

Police sources let Dawn know that region where the chopper disappeared was precipitous landscape, without even jeep ways, making it very hard for search and salvage parties.

“Possibly you go by walking or bikes or lead ethereal observation,” a senior authority said.

Different hardships incorporate absence of cells inclusion and no power. Police are said to have drawn in the administrations of neighborhood volunteers to help with the pursuit activity.

Military staff and hardware, including helicopters, have been taken part in alleviation activities in the flood-hit areas of Balochistan throughout recent weeks.

On Monday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was additionally in Balochistan close by National Disaster Management Authority head Lt Gen Akhtar Nawaz.

A distinguished officer

On Nov 25, 2020, Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was filling in as a significant general, was elevated to the position of Lieutenant General. Following his advancement, he was posted as the corps commandant of XII Corps, which is otherwise called the Southern Command, in 2021.

Before his presenting on the Quetta corps, he filled in as the controller general of the Frontier Corps in South Balochistan, chief general of Military Intelligence, and administrator of the 111 Brigade in Rawalpindi. He had likewise filled in as protection attache at the Pakistani consulate in the United States.

Outpouring of concern

As the reports of the helicopter’s vanishing spread, a few key figures communicated concern and petitioned God for the wellbeing of every one of those ready.

While communicating “incredible worry” over the episode, President Arif Alvi petitioned God for the security of the travelers, as indicated by a tweet from the Presidency’s true record.

Top state leader Shehbaz Sharif tweeted: “The reports of missing helicopter of Army Aviation are very disturbing. The entire country bows before Allah for wellbeing and return of staff associated with flood alleviation activities.”

In a tweet, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi stated, “I’m petitioning God for the travelers. May Allah safeguard all military officials ready.”

PTI executive Imran Khan stated: “Upsetting insight about armed force flying helicopter missing and petitioning God for every one of those ready.”

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz also prayed for the safety of the officers.

Published in The Okara Times, August 2nd, 2022

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