Pakistan army helicopter on flood relief op goes missing en route from Balochistan to Karachi, PM Shehbaz Sharif responds

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A Pakistan Army helicopter with six people on board, including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, lost contact with the air traffic control in Balochistan’s Lasbela district, the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Monday.

Taking to Twitter, the military’s media wing said that the aviation helicopter was on a flood relief operation in Lasbela, Balochistan when it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC).

“Six individuals were on board, including Commander 12 Corps who was supervising flood relief operations in Balochistan,” the tweet said, adding that a search operation is underway.

The helicopter reportedly departed from Uthal. It was carrying high ranked officers on board including Corp Commander Quetta Lt. General Sarfraz Ali.

The other passengers and crew in the helicopter include:

Major Saeed (Pilot)

Major Talha (Co-pilot)

Brigadier Amjad Hanif Satti

Major General Amjad Haneef, DG Pakistan Coast guard

CC Engineer 12 Corps

Nk Mudasir (Helicopter Crew)

The chopper has reportedly been missing for the last five hours.

The civil authorities and the Pakistan Army are currently busy with relief programmes in the province as the heavy rain spell has wreaked havoc there, claiming 147 lives.

Earlier on Monday, Pakistan Prime minister Shehbaz Sharif visited several flood-hit areas of Balochistan such as Qilla Saifullah, Chaman, and Quetta to meet residents.

(This story is being updated as more details follow)