Pakistani celebrities mourn the martyrs of Army helicopter crash in Balochistan

08:44 PM | 3 Aug, 2022
Pakistani celebrities mourn the martyrs of Army helicopter crash in Balochistan
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Havoc in heaven truly fits the current situation of the province of Balochistan, Pakistan. The devastating floods completely submerged a few districts. To many people's dismay, an army helicopter carrying six officers including Corps Commander Quetta Lt. General Sarfraz Ali crashed while carrying out relief activities. Like every other citizen, Pakistanis celebrities were shattered and mourned for the Shuhada (martyrs). 

The officers were part of the relief operations in Balochistan as the monsoon flooding, which began in mid-June, taking lives of almost 500 people so far, including 149 in Balochistan alone. All the personnel on board the helicopter embraced martyrdom, the COAS confirmed, adding that the incident took place due to bad weather and poor visibility during the rescue and relief operation in the province. He maintained that the wreckage of the copper has been recovered. 

The helicopter went missing after losing contact with the air traffic control on Monday. The military mounted a search operation which was stymied by the difficult mountainous terrain of the Lasbela district.

Prayers and condolences started pouring in from political figures and showbiz personalities. The loss of the martyrs will always be remembered.

The wreckage of a military helicopter that went missing Monday night was found in a coastal district of Balochistan and none of the six officers and crew on board survived the crash, the military’s media wing said on Tuesday.

Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, Major General Amjad Hanif, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major M Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz were on board the Mi-17 helicopter of Army Aviation. Lt Gen Ali was supervising relief operations in Balochistan, which has been hit hard by flash floods triggered by the heavy monsoon rains in the province.

Profile – The martyrs of Balochistan chopper crash

Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, who was commandant at the Command & Staff College in Quetta, had been commissioned in six Azad Kashmir regiments in March 1989 and served the Pakistan Army for 33 years. The Director-General Pakistan Coast Guard Major General Amjad Hanif had been commissioned in 19 Azad Kashmir regiments in April 1994 and served for 29 years in the Pakistan Army.

Commander Engineers 12 Corps Brigadier Muhammad Khalid had been commissioned in the 20 Engineer Battalion in 1994 and served for 29 years in the Pakistan Army. Major Saeed Ahmed was the pilot while Major Muhammad Talha Manan was the co-pilot. Naik Mudassir Fayyaz, the chief of the crew, was also on board and embraced martyrdom.

Maj Gen Amjad Hanif was the Director General of the Pakistan Coast Guard. A native of Rawalakot, AJK, he was commissioned in the 19 Azad Kashmir Regiment in April 1994 and served for 29 years in Pakistan Army. He is survived by one daughter and two sons.

Brig Khalid was Commander Engineers 12 Corps. He ensured clearance of landmines and other such improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the erstwhile tribal regions during Operation Zarb-e-Azan. Being from the Corps of Engineers, he was now leading the entire rescue and relief operation in flood-hit Balochistan.

Among other crew was Major Saeed Ahmed (Pilot), who is survived by his wife, one son, and one daughter, who belonged to the Larkana district of Sindh. Major Muhammad Talha Manan (Co-Pilot) has left behind his wife and two sons. Crew Chief Naik Mudassir Fayyaz was also a married man belonging to the Narowal district.

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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