Tuesday, June 18, 2024

‘Waiting with Great Anxiety for Good News’, PM Shehbaz on Iranian President’s Helicopter Incident

On Sunday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari voiced their concerns about the crash landing of a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in northwest Iran. Both leaders sent their best wishes and prayers for President Raisi’s safety and well-being.

According to Iranian media, the helicopter, which had President Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on board, ran into heavy fog and had to make a rough landing in a mountainous area. They were returning from a visit to Azerbaijan. The IRNA state news agency reported that bad weather was making rescue efforts more difficult. On state TV, Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi stated that one of the three helicopters in the group had “come down hard,” and authorities were waiting for more information.

Prime Minister Sharif expressed his concern on Twitter, saying, “Heard the distressing news from Iran regarding Hon. President Seyed Ibrahim Raisi’s helicopter. Waiting with great anxiety for good news that all is well.” He added, “Our prayers and best wishes are with Hon. President Raisi and the entire Iranian nation.” This tweet showed how much he was worried about the situation and hoping for a positive outcome.

President Asif Ali Zardari also shared his worries about the incident. He said he was “deeply concerned” and posted on X, “My heartfelt prayers & good wishes for the well-being & safety of President Raisi so that he may continue to serve the Iranian nation.” This message reflected his deep concern for President Raisi’s health and safety, and his hope that the President would be able to continue his important work for Iran.

The crash landing has caused widespread concern, and both Pakistani leaders’ statements highlight the seriousness of the situation and their hopes for a safe resolution. The difficult weather conditions are making rescue operations challenging, and the entire region is anxiously waiting for more updates. The expressions of concern from Prime Minister Sharif and President Zardari underscore the close ties between Pakistan and Iran and their solidarity in times of crisis.

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