Army condemns ‘hurtful and derogatory’ campaign following helicopter crash

The army has strongly condemned what it called “hurtful and derogatory” comments made by a certain group of people following the helicopter crash in which six army officers embraced martyrdom. When the news of the army helicopter going missing came, certain people on social media started making derogatory comments, wishing for the presence of top military leadership on the missing chopper.


Without naming any political party, the military’s media wing took strong exception to the campaign on social media.

“The regretful social media campaign after the unfortunate heli(copter) crash on August 1 has caused deep anguish and distress among Shuhada families and rank and file of the armed forces,” an official Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement read.

“While the whole nation stood with the institution in this difficult time, certain insensitive quarters resorted to hurtful and derogatory comments on social media which is unacceptable and highly condemnable,” the statement added.

Later, Director General ISPR Major Babar Iftikhar explained that they were compelled to issue a statement after a certain group of people launched a hateful campaign against the army and its leadership.

“This should not happen. We must reject those elements,” the chief military spokesperson told a private news channel. “This is unacceptable and it should be condemned at all levels,” he insisted.

When asked about reports that President Arif Alvi was stopped from attending the funeral of martyred army officers since victim families did not want it, the spokesperson said he would not comment on it.

Source: Express Tribune