Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan was stranded in Chitral after sudden floods wreaked havoc in the mountain district. TV channels reported that an Army helicopter had been called to rescue and evacuate Aleema Khan.
Aleema khan was stranded in Golain region of Chitral district. The spot is a favorite for many visiting tourists who go to the north to escape the summer heat from the plains. The Azghor glacier exploded causing a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) situation that cut off access to the Golain region.
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Media reports said that a number of trees had been uprooted, multiple electricity poles affected and at least three shops damaged. However, no loss of life had been reported.
However, later TV reports said that Aleema Khan had declined to use the helicopter saying that she would only leave when the rest of the stranded people had been evacuated to safety.
Residents and tourists fled their staying places and climbed the mountains to safety, away from the Flooding. Rescue workers worked all night to evacuate those who were stranded.
Not the First Helicopter Controversy
This isn’t the first time Prime Minister Imran khan has been involved in a controversy that involved helicopters. He has been under NAB scrutiny for alleged misuse of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government helicopter. The reference, filed in the previous term, had alleged Mr. Khan had used the official helicopter for personal use thereby causing an undue strain on official resources. However, Imran Khan was acquitted of the reference after he became Prime Minister.
He was then embroiled in another controversy when it was revealed that he was travelling from PM Office to Bani Gala on a helicopter. Headlines were made when then Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry claimed that the helicopter flew at Rs. 55 per Kilometer.