SINGAPORE: Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Burhan Muhamamd, who got seriously injured in Naltar tragedy, passed away today at Singapore General Hospital, Radio Pakistan reported.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi confirmed to Indonesian media, “True, he had passed away, at 00:50 local time and that we have lost one of best diplomats.”
“The envoy’s body will be brought to Indonesia on Tuesday,” he further added.
Muhammad had suffered nearly 75% burns in Naltar tragedy and was admitted in Singapore General Hospital for treatment. Muhammad was among those who got seriously injured when the Pak Army MI-17 helicopter crashed just before landing in Naltar Valley and burst into flames. At least seven people killed in the crash and his wife Listyawati Hery was among those seven. He went after his wife.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed grief and sorrow over the death of Burhan Muhammad. He appreciated at the his role in promoting friendship between Indonesia and Pakistan.
On May 8, 2015, the Pakistani dignitaries and international diplomats from 37 countries along with their families were on three-day visit to Gilgit-Baltistan as part of the Pakistani government’s efforts to showcase the beauty and culture of Northern Areas. The program included Lunch by the Prime Minister at Naltar, visits to Hunza, Altit Fort, Baltit Fort, Atabad Lake and Phunder Lake including cultural and sports activities.
However, the helicopter crash landed into the roof of an Army Public School building in Naltar while it was preparing to land at the helipad nearby. The incident resulted in the death of seven people including ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines to Pakistan, as well spouses of the Indonesian and Malaysian ambassadors to Pakistan and the crew.
The cause of the crash has been attributed to mechanical failure of the helicopter’s tail rotor.