Chopper Went Missing in Balochistan
On Monday evening, a chopper carrying high-ranking military officers went missing in Baluchistan.
“A Pakistan army aviation helicopter which was on flood relief operations in Lasbela, Baluchistan lost communication with ATC [air traffic control],” reads an official statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Managing The Flood Relief Efforts in Balochistan
There were six people on board, including Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, the Commander of the XII Corps, who was in charge of managing the flood relief efforts in Balochistan. According to some sources, the director general of the Pakistan Coast Guard, Brigadier Amjad Hanif Satti, may have also been aboard the missing helicopter.
A search operation was soon underway, according to the military’s media wing, and more information would be shared as it became available.
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Joint Search Effort Between Police And the Frontier Corps
A joint search effort between police and the Frontier Corps has been going on for the past five hours, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police Khuzdar Range Pervez Umrani.
According to police sources, the location where the helicopter vanished was rugged terrain with no jeep trails, making it very challenging for search and rescue teams.
A senior official remarked, “Either you travel on foot, motorcycles, or use aerial surveillance.”
Police Enlisted the Help of Community Volunteers
Other issues include no electricity and poor cell phone reception. According to reports, police enlisted the help of community volunteers to aid in the hunt.
In the Balochistan regions affected by the flooding, military personnel, and equipment, including helicopters, have been working on relief efforts for weeks.
Along with the head of the National Disaster Management Authority, Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz, the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif travelled to Balochistan on Monday.