ISLAMABAD: A Punjab government helicopter made an emergency landing in Afghanistan due to mechanical faults on Thursday.
According to media reports, helicopter has made emergency landing in Logar province. Commenting on the reports, Foreign Office spokesperson said that a Pakistani helicopter belonging to Punjab was on its way to Russia for repair and maintenance.
The helicopter MI-17 carrying six Pakistani engineers were traveling to Uzbekistan before it made crash landing in Afghanistan’s Logar area.
It stated the foreign media reports that plane was reportedly set on fire by the Afghan Taliban, who also held Pakistani officials and a Russian pilot hostage.
Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif made telephonic contact with General John Nicholson, Commander Resolute Support Mission, in Afghanistan and asked him to help in recovery of crew of Punjab government’s helicopter that crash landed in Logar province, DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said.
According to media reports, in a message on Twitter, Bajwa said that while on its way to Russia via Uzbekistan for maintenance, Russian helicopter made a crash landing in Afghanistan. According Asim Bajwa, General Nicolson assured all possible help in this regard.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his concerns over the incident of helicopter at Logger Afghanistan.
According to press release, the Chief Minister said that he is in contact with all concerned institutions of federal government in this regard.