2 pilots martyred as Mashaq aircraft crashes

By Our Defence

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan Army aircraft Mushaq crashed on Monday near Gujarat during a routine training mission, according to the military’s media wing.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Major Umer, an instructor pilot, and Lieutenant Faizan, a student pilot, were martyred during the crash.
“Major Umer, a resident of Gujarat, and Lieutenant Fiazan, a resident of Kalar Kahar, Chakwal, embraced shahadat,” the ISPR statement said. Major Umer is survived by a wife, the statement added.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had paid tribute to the martyr and said: “Laying one’s life is the ultimate sacrifice one can make for defence of the motherland. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts and sincere prayers for the bereaved family.”
Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force has expressed grief over the tragic air crash of Army Aviation Mushshak trainer aircraft near Gujrat, today. The Air Chief prayed for the eternal bliss of the martyred souls, who embraced Shahdat in the line of duty. He also expressed solidarity with the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.