GILGIT: Four servicemen were martyred when a Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter crashed during a casualty evacuation in the Minimarg area of the Astore district in Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday night.
According to a press release issued by Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), the helicopter was evacuating the body of a Shaheed soldier, Abdul Qadeer, to the Skardu Combined Military Hospital.
ISPR said the helicopter crashed due to technical reasons.
The officers and soldiers who embraced martyrdom were identified as Pilot Major M. Hussain, Co-pilot Maj Ayaz Hussain, Naik Inzimam Alam and Sepoy Muhammad Farooq.
Maj Hussain belonged to Skardu, Maj Ayaz to Karachi, Naik Inzimam to Chakwal, while Sepoy Farooq came from Sahiwal.
GB Information Minister Fatullah Khan expressed deep regret over the tragedy.
He recognized the sacrifices made by the Pakistani army for the country.
Posted in Dawn, Dec 27, 2020