Pakistan confirms Punjab government helicopter crashed in Afghanistan

hcKABUL: The Pakistani authorities have confirmed a helicopter belonging to the Punjab government has crash-landed in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Inter Services Public Relations, media wing of the Pakistani military, Gen. Asim Bajwa said the country’s Chief of Army Staff has asked the commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission to help in recovery of the crew.

He said the helicopter crash-landed as it was on its way to Russia via Uzbekistan for maintenance.

Gen. Bajwa further added that the Afghan government and Afghan National Army authorities have also been contacted for the necessary assistance in recovery of the crew members.

The helicopter crash-landed in the restive Azra district of Logar province on Thursday with the local authorities saying the Taliban militants captured 6 on board the helicopter.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Salim Saleh confirmed that the helicopter belonged to Pakistan and crash-landed in Mati area of Azra district.

He said the helicopter caught fire as soon as it crash-landed but the passengers on board did not suffer any casualties.

Local resident said the helicopter was set on fire by the Taliban militants as soon as it made an emergency landing.

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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