Pakistan army helicopter with top officer crashes



MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Officials say a helicopter carrying a top army officer has crashed in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.

Rescuers are searching for survivors from the crash Wednesday but there are fears that all aboard have died in the fiery wreckage.

Senior government official Mushtaq Anjum says those on the chopper included Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nawaz, the commander of the paramilitary border guards known as the Punjab Rangers. Nawaz’s responsibilities include overseeing Pakistan’s border with archrival India.

A military official has also confirmed that Nawaz was onboard. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

The helicopter crashed in the Indus River near the town of Kot Sultan Bhakri. It’s unclear how many were on board. The crash is under investigation.