Army rescues 13 people trapped in Diamer snow


GILGIT BALTISTAN: Pakistan Army has rescued 13 tourists from Deosai National Park in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) on Thursday.

According to sources, the tourists including a foreigner woman cyclist, four local tourists and five wildlife employees, were trapped in Deosai after heavy snowfall hit the region on October 16 and roads became inaccessible.

According to GB Spokesman Faizullah Furaq, the administration had requested the Pakistan Army to provide helicopters for the rescue operation. He added that the army and the GB government carried out a joint operation and rescued the tourists.

Northern Areas Force Commander Major General Ahsan Mehmood monitored the whole rescue operation and also issued orders to the army for opening all blocked roads in the region.

The weather conditions in the area are quite harsh as unexpected snowfall has hit the region.