It was revealed on Tuesday that six officers and troops of Pakistan were among eight United Nations peacekeepers who died after their Puma helicopter crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo while on a reconnaissance mission, the military’s media affairs department said.
In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the six officers and soldiers of Pakistan who were martyred due to a helicopter crash in Congo were identified as Lt Col Asif Ali Awan, who was the pilot, Maj Saad Nomani, who was the co-pilot, Maj Faizan Ali, naib subedar Samiullak Khan, who was the flight engineer, lance havaldar Muhamad Jamil, and havaldar Muhammad Ismail, who was the crew chief.
According to the ISPR, the exact cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
According to the statement, a Pakistani aviation mission has been stationed in the UN Mission in Congo since 2011 to carry out peacekeeping responsibilities.
According to the statement, Pakistan has always played a crucial role as a responsible member of the international community in order to assist in realizing the principles of global peace and security by providing active assistance to various United Nations peacekeeping missions.
In the face of difficult peacekeeping missions in conflict-prone countries, “our peacekeepers have always distinguished themselves by demonstrating devotion and, when necessary making supreme sacrifices.”