Pakistan seeks safe return of crashed helicopter crew from Afghanistan

nawaz-2561538b-1469449847news21sf5f4ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said the government was using “formal and informal channels” to seek the return of seven passengers of a crashed helicopter who were reportedly taken hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Punjab government helicopter, en route to Russia for a routine overhaul, crash-landed in the restive Logar province in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday.

“Formal and informal channels are being used to ensure safe recovery of the entire crew,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement from his office.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday to request his country’s help.

“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assured all possible assistance in this regard,” tweeted ISPR spokesman Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa.