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Pakistani military plane that crashed was used for surveillance after Balakot strikes

Pakistan military's media wing draws flak for not naming civilian victims and for referring to killed soldiers as martyrs.

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New Delhi: The aircraft that crashed in Pakistan Tuesday killing 18 people, including five military personnel, was a surveillance aircraft that the country’s army deployed to maintain a vigil on Indian military movement — both in air and land — following the Balakot strikes, defence sources told ThePrint.

The crashed aircraft was a King Air 350 turboprop of the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps and was inducted for surveillance around 2012.

The accident killed 18 people, including two pilots and three military personnel, and injured 12 others when the aircraft went down in a residential area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early Tuesday.

Also read: Pakistan propaganda on role of JF-17s post-Balakot now exposed by its own ex-air commodore

Pak army statement draws flak

A Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said the two pilots and three military personnel killed had embraced “Shahadat” or martyrdom. The statement also mentioned that two high-ranking officials in the Pakistani Army were among the dead.

It, however, drew flak for leaving out the names of the 12 civilian casualties and for using the term Shahadat. The term martyr or martyrdom is generally used when a person is killed because of his religious or political beliefs.

The Indian military doesn’t officially use this term in case of soldier casualties and instead relies on killed in action.

Lahore-based journalist and rights activist Gul Bukhari tweeted, “The army crashes a plane in a residential area. And ISPR statement reads, “12 fatal civilian casualties… crew members embraced Shahadat. “And names each ‘shaheed’ and bloody civilians killed don’t merit being named.”

Plane was on a training mission

According to media reports, the Rawalpindi district commissioner Ali Randhawa said the incident occurred between 2:30 am and 2:40 am when the small military plane was on a training mission.

He added that the dead and injured were shifted to various hospitals of Rawalpindi, where paramedics said most of the victims were badly burnt. The cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained and the rescue operation was completed by the morning, according to authorities.

Also read: Pakistan’s changed behaviour post-Balakot isn’t permanent. But India can make it one


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  1. According to newspaper reports , a Pakistani military aircraft crashed into residential area of Rawalpindi city on 30 July 2019 , killing 18 persons and injuring over a dozen. In this context , it may be apt to refer readers to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alerts through article – “ World trends in April to August 2019” – brought to public domain widely in March and subsequently on 5 April 2019. The alert had indicated that a period of four and a half months from mid- April to August , particularly June and around , in present year 2019 may call for more care and appropriate strategy in relation to the following in , among some other specified countries , Pakistan also . Later , on a review analysis of impacts or energies likely to be generated by planetary movements during 2019 had disclosed that the said concern could reach out to as far as mid –October , while 7 August to 9 October ( 28-29 September) in 2019 look to be particular , covering a variety of aspects of life having following as well :-
    “ 2. Aviation sector , both military and civil , look to be having worrisome concerns.” It seems the alert was meaningful.

  2. Such an anti-Pakistan title, news item in The Print.

    This must be very upsetting to Jyoti Malhotra and “ashok” .


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