Britain launches probe into Afghan helicopter crash

April 28, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

LONDON: An investigation was under way yesterday to find out why a British military helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing five troops.

The Lynx helicopter crashed during a routine flight in Kandahar province on Saturday, causing the third biggest single loss of life for British troops in the country.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence denied claims from Taliban insurgents that they shot down the light utility helicopter, saying its initial investigations pointed towards a technical fault during the routine flight.

“The investigation is now under way, and the area of the crash has been cordoned off,” an MoD spokeswoman said.

“We cannot go into further details. At this stage it is not known how long the investigation might last or when investigators will deliver their report, but it will be a thorough inquiry.”

Experts said the inquiry was likely to examine the aircraft’s log books and other documentation, in addition to weather conditions and whether the helicopter was conducting an authorised mission in accordance with its capabilities.

It is not thought that other Lynx helicopters in Afghanistan will be grounded.

Judiciary urged 

to use contempt 

law sparingly

ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view the overuse of the contempt of court power in Pakistan by former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has urged the top judiciary that the law should be used sparingly.

In its annual report, the HRCP said there is a need to reinforce the principal that a judge speaks only through judgments and there is a pressing need to determine the principles and priorities for the use of suo motu powers. ?Taking up suo motu or giving attention to cases against the executive must not come at the cost of other pending cases,? it said.

Since March 23, 2009, contempt of court proceedings remained dominant in the apex court, as Chaudhry initiated contempt proceedings against judges, politicians, journalists, civil servants and others.

The incumbent chief justice, Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, however, has shown restraint in this regard and has not issued a contempt notice.