Technical fault caused Naltar tragedy, says Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad confirmed on Friday that Naltar tragedy occurred due to technical of the helicopter’s engine.
Addressing a news conference, he said Pakistan Army had arranged top class security for the visitors to Naltar and claims of TTP about hitting the helicopter are bogus.
He explained that under instructions of the Prime Minister, Pakistan Army had deployed about one thousand troops for security purpose and all the surrounding mountain tops were covered by these personnel.
The Foreign Secretary said two of the helicopters landed safely at Naltar and the third one met the accident due to technical fault near the site of landing.
He said the Prime Minister had given permission for trip of about 30 diplomats at the request of Dean of Diplomatic Corps. He said Pakistan Air Force had developed a skiing resort at Naltar and a chair lift there was to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in the presence of the members of the diplomatic corps.
The Foreign Secretary said the idea to arrange the function was to contribute to the development of this beautiful area. Similar trips were arranged in the past as well including those to Skardu, Shigar, North Waziristan and Army Public School in Peshawar.
He said the Chief of Army Staff has constituted an investigation board headed by a brigadier.
He said black box of the ill-fated helicopter has been recovered.
The Foreign Secretary said the helicopter was commissioned in 2002 and was regularly being serviced. Latest service was carried out just eleven hours before the accident.
He said crew of the helicopter saved precious lives after the crash at the risk of their own lives and one Army Subedar lost his life during rescue operation.