Islamabad, August 3rd
Contrary to what the Pakistani military alleges, Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS), an umbrella organization of armed groups from Baloch, claimed responsibility for attacking and shooting down the military helicopter in the mountainous regions of Windar and Noorani in Balochistan.
Earlier on Tuesday, the wreckage of a military helicopter that went missing Monday night was carrying senior military officers, and Pakistan’s military media outlet confirmed the deaths of at least six officers and crew members in the accident, which it said had occurred as a result of bad weather.
“BRAS freedom fighters targeted a low-flying Pakistani military helicopter. The targeted helicopter crashed near Moosa Goth in Dareji,” BRAS spokesman Baloch Khan said in a statement.
“In the attack, carried out with anti-aircraft fire, the helicopter was badly damaged and later completely destroyed. All six enemy personnel on board the flight were killed in the attack. Among them were Core Commander 12 Core Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, Director- Coast Guard General Major General Amjad, Brigadier General Khalid, Pilot Major Saeed, Copilot Talha and Crew Chief Naik Muddasir,” the statement said.
The claim comes at a time when Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Defense Forces, stated that the Army Aviation’s Mi-17 helicopter had crashed while overseeing flood relief operations in Balochistan. .
“The wreckage of the unfortunate helicopter has been found in Musa Goth, Windar, Lasbela district of Balochistan,” ISPR spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar said.
“According to the initial investigation, the accident occurred as a result of bad weather,” the ISPR added.
However, the BRAS spokesperson claims the helicopter was targeted by its fighters, adding that Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, who had remained Director General of Military Intelligence and Inspector General of the Border Corps south of Balochistan, was directly involved. in forced disappearances and the genocide on Baloch.
“Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS) will continue deadly strikes against the enemy (Pakistani military) until the complete withdrawal of the enemy forces and the liberation of the Baloch motherland,” the BRAS statement said.
It is pertinent to mention that BRAS, also known as Baloch Nation Liberation Coalition, is the umbrella organization of at least four ethnic separatist groups in Balochistan and Sindh Province in Pakistan.
BRAS was established in November 2018 and made rapid progress as in 2020 when a Sindhi separatist group Sundhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) joined the BRAS alliance consisting of the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) , the Baloch Republication Guard (BRG) and the Baloch Republican Army (BRA).
One of the focus of the BRAS and SRA alliance was to address the Chinese presence and interests in Balochistan and Sindh province.