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None of Gen. Raheel’s relatives among Taliban-held hostages

None of Gen. Raheel’s relatives among Taliban-held hostages

Aug 07, 2016 - 13:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): No relative of Pakistaninfo-icon Army Chief General Raheel Sharif is among the hostages taken by Talibaninfo-icon following a helicopter crash in central Afghanistaninfo-icon, the military says.

The Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in the Azra districtof Logar before it caught fire. Some sources said the Taliban had set the chopper on fire after it crashed on Aug. 4 and took the aircraft’s occupants hostage.

Abdul Wali Wakil, a provincial council member and resident of Azra, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday Gen. Sharif’s son-in-law, Major Sardar, was among the detainees. The crewmembers had been seized with hundred thousands of dollars, rupees, weapons, satellite telephones and a GPS device, he added.

“Rumours are being spread about the identity of various crewmembers of the Punjab government helicopter that crash-landed in Logar,” Pak Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa tweeted.  “None of the hostagesis related to COAS.”


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