Funeral prayers of martyred Pakistan Army peacekeepers at UN offered: ISPR
April 3, 2022 03:00 PM
Namaz-e-Janaza of martyred officers and soldiers who embraced shahadat in a helicopter crash at United Nations Mission Congo was offered Sunday at Chaklala Garrison, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Pakistan Army Spokesperson said that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, serving and retired military personnel including the United Nations (UN) officials and relatives of shuhadas attended the funeral prayer.
Eight UN peacekeepers – six Pakistanis, a Russian and a Serb – were killed on Tuesday when a Puma helicopter crashed in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UN and Pakistani officials said.
“While undertaking a reconnaissance mission in Congo, 1 Puma Helicopter crashed. Exact cause of crash is yet to be ascertained,” the Pakistani military’s media wing said. It added that six Pakistani troops were among those killed.
A spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, in New York confirmed the crash and gave the nationality of all eight victims.
Prime Minister, Imran Khan, expressed his “deep sense of shock and grief”, his office said, paying tribute to the global peace effort by the country’s armed forces.