QUETTA: The oldest Pakistan Army veteranLt Col (retd) Sultan Mohammed Khan Mengal, has passed away at the age of 103 in Quetta, on Sunday.
Taking it to Twitter, DG ISPR stated, “Lt Col Sultan Mohammed Khan Mengal(R), Oldest Veteran (103 yrs) of Pak Army passed away @ Quetta. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.”
“Col Mengal, a keen soldier & adventurist, climbed, walked, skied, sailed & rowed through all of Pak’s natural terrain on many expeditions”, the tweet further read.
On April 13, two pilots embraced martyrdom as Pakistan Army training aircraft Mushaq, while on routine training mission, crashed near Gujarat.
The pilots have been identified as Major Umer (instructor pilot), resident of Gujarat, and Lieutenant Fiazan (student pilot), resident of Kalar Kahar, Chakwal. Major Umer is survived by a wife.
Earlier, the Foreign Office (FO) rejected the media reports claiming Pakistan army fighting alongside Azerbaijani forces against Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh, terming these as “speculative, baseless and irresponsible”.
FO Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan was deeply concerned over the deteriorating security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“The intensive shelling by Armenian forces on civilian populations of Azerbaijan is reprehensible and most unfortunate,” he said.
The FO spokesperson said the situation could “compromise peace and security of the entire region”, stressing that Armenia must stop its military action to avoid further escalation.
He said Pakistan supported Azerbaijan’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh, in line with the several unanimously adopted United Nations Security Council resolutions.