ISLAMABAD: Six crew members of a Punjab Government’s MI-17 helicopter which crash-landed in Logar province of Afghanistan have reportedly been recovered. The helicopter carrying 6 Pakistani and one Russian on-board made an emergency landing in Afghan province en-route from Peshawar to Uzbekistan for re-hauling. It was torched by Taliban after crash-landing and the crew was taken hostage on August 4 this month. According to details, Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif made efforts for their recovery and spoke with Commander Resolute Support Mission General John Nicholson and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who assured him of full support. The Foreign Office of Pakistan confirmed last week that crew was safe and will be recovered soon. However, the Afghan Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal refused to confirm the reports, and said that they are trying to verify the news of their recovery. The crew members include Colonel (retd)Safdar, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Shafiq, Lieutenant (retd) Nasir, Crew Chief Kausar, and a civilian Daud along with Russia pilot Sergei Sevastainov. Taliban torch Pakistani helicopter that crash landed in Logar, took crew of 7 hostage
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