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Pakistan terms TTP claims of helicopter attack as ‘bogus’

ISLAMABAD: Ruling out possibility of foul play in Naltar tragedy that claimed seven lives including foreign envoys,  Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad said the crash occurred due to technical failure of the engine of the helicopter.  

The claims of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan about hitting the helicopter are false, he told a press conference here.

Mr. Ahmed explained that Pakistan Army had deployed about 1,000 troops for security purpose and all the surrounding mountain tops were covered by these personnel.

He said Pakistan Army had arranged top class security for the visitors to Naltar.

The Foreign Secretary said two of the helicopter landed safely at Naltar and the third one met the accident due to technical fault near the site of landing.

He said the Prime Minister had given permission for trip of about 30 diplomats at the request of Dean of Diplomatic Corps.  He said Pakistan Air Force had developed a skiing resort at Naltar and a chair lift there was to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in the presence of the members of the diplomatic corps.

He said black box of the ill-fated helicopter has been recovered.

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