A Pakistani military helicopter carrying diplomats to the north of the country made a crash landing on 08 May, killing the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines as well as the wives of the Indonesian and Malaysian envoys, an army spokesman said.
Two pilots and a crew member were also killed when the helicopter carrying dignitaries made the crash landing in the Naltar valley, where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was to inaugurate a chairlift at a ski resort and who has now declared a nationwide day of mourning for those who died in the incident.
The ambassadors of the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Malaysia and Indonesia were injured in the crash, said Pakistani army spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa.
Meanwhile, Wisma Putra has announced that the remains of Datin Habibah Mahmud, wife of Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan Datuk Dr Hasrul Sani Mutjtabar, arrived in Islamabad today.
Dr Hasrul Sani is still hospitalised at the Rawalpindi Military Hospital and will undergo further medical treatment.
Wisma Putra also said the High Commission in Islamabad is working with Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Habibah’s remains to be brought back to Malaysia as soon as possible.