A Pakistan’s Punjab government’s helicopter yesterday had an emergency landing in Azra district of Logar province and after it crash landed, it was set fire by suspected Taliban militants.
The militants took hostages those on board who were seven including six Pakistani engineers and a Russian pilot.
Mohammd Ashraf Ghani earlier today instructed security forces to recover those being in hostage, according to Omar Zakhilwal Kabul ambassador to Islamabad.
Pakistani Army Chief General Raheel Sharif called Afghan President Ghani today and asked for immediate recovery of the hostages.
The MI-17 Pakistani helicopter had seven on board including the Russian pilot and was heading to Uzbekistan for overhauling when it crash landed in Logar of Afghanistan, Pakistani officials say.
Very early reports had suggested that the helicopter belonged to NATO forces in Afghanistan that had an emergency landing, but it was later revealed the helicopter belonged to Pakistani Punjab government.