Pakistan Army responds over media reports of shooting down of military helicopter

Pakistan Army responds over media reports of shooting down of military helicopter

QUETTA – Pakistan Army official dismissed Baloch terror group’s claim of shooting down a military helicopter that went down during a flood relief operation on Monday, killing six on board including Commander 12 Corps Lt General Sarfraz Ali.

A senior military official trashed the claim as propaganda and fake news, clarifying to local media that the helicopter crashed during bad weather in the flood-hit region.

Pakistan Army official responded after Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), a Baloch terror group, said in a statement sent to a top one of the largest news agencies service that its fighters shot down the low-flying helicopter with an anti-aircraft weapon.

The terror outfit, however, provided no evidence and the newswire service said it could not independently verify the claim.

Several foreign-sponsored Baloch militants waged attacks on armed forces in the country’s southwestern region. Militants lately shot dead a kidnapped Lieutenant Colonel Laeeq Baig Mirza before troops could rescue him from the restive region.

Pakistan’s military media wing on Tuesday claimed to find the wreckage of a military helicopter that crashed overnight due to bad weather in flood-hit southwestern Baluchistan province, killing all six senior officers on board.

Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, Quetta corps commander, a major-general, and one brigadier were among the deceased.

The Army officials were supervising flood relief operations in Lasbela district, about 500 kilometers south of the provincial capital, Quetta when their helicopter lost contact with air traffic control late Monday afternoon.