Six Pakistani officers are among the eight UN peacekeepers, of which a Puma helicopter crashed and died during a reconnaissance mission in Congo, the military media said on Tuesday.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that the six officers and soldiers who were martyred in Pakistan have been identified as pilot Lieutenant Colonel Asif Ali Awan and co-pilot Major General Saad Nomani. Ali, naib subedar Samiullak Khan was a flight engineer, havaldar Muhammad Ismail was a flight attendant, and Lance Havaldar Muhamad Jamil was a gunner.
ISPR said the exact cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
The statement said Pakistan’s air mission had been deployed to the United Nations Congo mission for peacekeeping missions since 2011.
“Pakistan has always played a pivotal role as a responsible member of the international community to realize the ideal of world peace and security through active support for the various UN peacekeeping missions,” the statement said.
“Our peacekeepers are dedicated to [by] I offer the best sacrifices.”