Gilgit Helicopter Crash: A Day's Mourning Announced
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday announced a day of mourning following the tragic crash of the Mi-17 helicopter in Gilgit that claimed 7 lives, including the Norwegian and Philippine envoys.
The premier extended his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the incident, a statement from the Prime Minister Office said.
Following the crash, PM Nawaz directed that that the injured be shifted to the nearest hospital and best medical treatment be given to them.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif also expressed his deepest grief over deaths of Major Altamash, Major Faisal, Naib Subedar Zakir, and foreign diplomats and their families in the helicopter crash.
“It is a sad day for all of us and our heart goes out to the bereaved families at this sad moment of heir life,” Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the army chief as saying.
The aircraft was carrying around 11 foreigners and 6 Pakistani passengers. Nawaz announced a day of mourning following the brutal crash.
In a statement, Norway also expressed ‘great sadness’ over the death of its ambassador in the crash, AFP reported.
After news spread of the crash, various politicians took to Twitter to condole with the victims’ families and express their grief.
“Saddened by tragic the Naltar helicopter crash killing diplomats, envoys’ wives and Pakistan Army pilots,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairmain tweeted. ”My condolences go out to their families.”
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