LAHORE: Chief of Military Employees (COAS) Basic Raheel Sharif requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s help for the protected restoration of the kidnapped crew aboard a Punjab authorities helicopter which crashed in Afghanistan Thursday night time.
Director Common (DG) Inter-Providers Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa earlier confirmed that seven individuals have been on board the helicopter together with retired army officers and a Russian navigator.
The Mi-17 chopper, which was on its option to Russia by way of Uzbekistan for upkeep, crashed in Afghanistan’s Logar province, the place Taliban insurgents took the crew hostage earlier than setting the plane on hearth.
“The COAS referred to as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as we speak and requested him to assist in the protected and early restoration of the crew members of the Punjab authorities,” the DG ISPR stated.
President Ashraf Ghani assured the COAS of “all potential help” on this regard.
The Military chief on Thursday night time additionally referred to as Commander Resolute Help Mission in Afghanistan Common Nicolson and requested him to assist in the restoration of the helicopter crew. Basic Nicholson assured Gen Raheel of all potential assist in the matter.
The Afghan authorities and Afghan Nationwide Military authorities had additionally been contacted for help relating to the restoration of the crew members, the DG ISPR stated earlier.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif visited the households of the helicopter’s pilots Col. (retd) Shafiqur Rehman, Col (retd.) Nasir Mehmood and Col. (retd) Safdar Hussein in Lahore on Friday and expressed his heartfelt sympathies. He additionally briefed on measures being taken to securely get well the crew members.
“The helicopter incident is regrettable however thank God that the crew is protected,” stated the chief minister.
“I’m in touch with the related federal businesses on this matter. Our first precedence is the protected restoration of the crew. I’ve religion we’ll obtain some excellent news quickly.”
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