Military Shames ‘Regretful Campaign’ After Chopper Crash

Military Shames ‘Regretful Campaign’ After Chopper Crash

Country’s Armed Forces

The country’s armed forces and the bereaved families of martyred personnel have expressed “deep anguish” over what a military spokesperson described as a “regretful social media campaign” in the aftermath of a recent helicopter crash in which six army officials, including a lieutenant general, embraced martyrdom.

In addition, President Arif Alvi tweeted late Friday night, “There is pointless discussion over why I did not attend Janaza of the Shaheeds recently.” This provides me the opportunity to unequivocally condemn the vile comments by people who are unaware of our culture or religion.”
He claimed to have called “hundreds of families,” attended funerals, and paid them visits to express his sympathies.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “some insensitive quarters” used social media to make harsh and disparaging comments, which was “unacceptable.”

Regrettable Social Media Campaign

“The regrettable social media campaign following the unfortunate helicopter crash on August 1 has caused tremendous pain and distress among shuhada (martyrs’) families and rank and file of the armed forces,” the ISPR said in a Friday press release.

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“While the entire nation stood by the institution throughout this tough period,” the statement said, “some insensitive quarters resorted to nasty and insulting comments on social media, which was improper and highly condemnable.”

Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, Director General of ISPR, subsequently told Geo News that the way “this happens on social media, we have to look into it and reject such elements participating in it.” “We can do this as a group,” he remarked. “That is why we released a press statement, since it was critical to bring attention to this situation. This must be opposed at all levels.”

Wreckage Of Army Helicopter

The wreckage of an army helicopter that went missing during relief operations in flood-ravaged parts of Balochistan on the night of August 1 was discovered the next day near Lasbela district. Lt Gen Sarfaraz Ali, Brig Amjad Hanif, Brig Mohammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major M. Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz were on board Army Aviation’s Mi-17 helicopter.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), has also been targeted on social media in recent months. 

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