GILGIT: Martyred Major Hussain Mohammad Irshad In his native town of Skardu here on Sunday, Mandoq was laid to rest with military honour.
A resident of the Ghanche district of Baltistan, Major Irshad, 34, was piloting an Army Aviation helicopter when it crashed on Saturday at Astore.
Karachi co-pilot Major Ayaz Hussein, Chakwal’s Naik Inzimam Alam and Sahiwal’s Sepoy Mohammad Farooq were also martyred in the collision.
The army officer’s funeral prayers were held at the Army Aviation Base in Skardu.
FCNA Commander Maj-Gen Ehsan Ali, who is also the brother of the martyred officer, attended the funeral prayers with a large number of civil and military officials.
The body was later taken to Markazi Jamia Masjid in Skardu, where they also held funeral prayers. It was attended by people from various walks of life, political leaders and religious scholars. The body was subsequently lowered to the graveyard in Aliabad.
The Pak Army contingent presented a guard of honour at the tomb. Gilgit-Baltistan Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, Chief Secretary Khuram Shahzad Agha, the Police Chief and the Commissioner of Baltistan, also arranged floral wreaths on the grave.
A wife and a three-year-old son are left behind by the martyred Major Mandoq. His third child, Imran, also served as a captain in the army.