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PIA plane crash: I feel sad – Former Pakistani PM express


Former premier Nawaz Sharif has expressed sympathies with the plane crash victims. 

More than 55 people died when a PIA plane crashed in Karachi on Friday. As soon as the media broke the story, people started sympathising with the bereaved families and praying for early recovery of the injured. “The today’s tragedy has made me feel very sad,” Nawaz said in a message to the victims.

The ex-PM prayed the Almighty may rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families. He paid tribute to the aircrew, saying he saluted the staff that did their job with dedication.


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We will punish those responsible for Ukraine’s plane crash – Iran


Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said the downing of the Ukrainian plane that crashed in Tehran is an “unforgivable error” and “all those involved will be punished.”

In a televised speech on Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani also added that the “tragic event” would be investigated thoroughly, claiming “one person cannot be solely responsible for the crash”.


“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.

He continued: “Iranian armed forces admitting their mistake is a good first step. We should assure people that it will not happen again” – but said his government was “accountable to Iranian and other nations who lost lives”.


He also ordered for a special court to be set up to investigate, with a “ranking judge and dozens of experts”.

“This is not an ordinary case” – he said.”The entire the world will be watching this court”.

Iran’s judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, also confirmed that some people have been arrested for their role in the incident on Wednesday.

This comes after Ukraine demanded that Iran punish those guilty for the shooting of the Ukrainian airliner and compensate victims after they admitted they accidentally downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane, killing all 176 people.


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Protesters flood Iran over Ukraine’s plane crash


Protests were reported late Saturday in several parts of the Iranian capital Tehran over the shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane by the Iranian military, according to Iranian media.

Hundreds of people took part in Saturday night protest rallies outside Tehran, Amir Kabir and Sharif, according to news agencies IRNA and Isna.


They criticised both the shooting down and the day-long denials by Iranian authorities and the media.

According to Isna, some demonstrators outside Amir Kabir University called for those responsible for the downing of the airliner to resign.


Thousands of Iranians posted a black page on social media as a sign of their grief and as a protest against the government.

For them, the shooting down of the passenger plane does irreparable damage to Iran’s image.


After days of vehement denials, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Saturday admitted it mistakenly shot down a Ukraine International Airlines passenger plane outside Tehran this week, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday voiced support for anti-government protests in Iran just days after the two countries stepped back from an escalated military conflict.


“We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” Trump said in a tweet.


“There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching,” he added.

Among those taking part in the demonstrations was the UK ambassador, who was reportedly detained briefly.


In London, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Iran of a “flagrant violation of international law” after it briefly detained the British ambassador during anti-government protests on Saturday in Teheran.

“The arrest of our ambassador in Teheran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” Raab said in a statement after reports that ambassador Rob Macaire was detained for more than one hour.

“The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment.

“It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards,” he added


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Iran saddened, says shooting down Ukraine’s plane was a mistake


Iran said on Saturday its armed forces “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed after taking off from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.

President Hassan Rouhani said a military investigation had found “missiles fired due to human error” brought down the Boeing 737 on Wednesday, calling it an “unforgivable mistake”.

The about-turn came after officials in Iran had categorically denied Western claims that the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) airliner had been struck by a missile in a catastrophic error.


The plane, which had been bound for Kiev, slammed into a field shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport before dawn on Wednesday.

It came only hours after Iran’s armed forces launched a wave of missiles at bases hosting American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top generals, in a US drone strike.


Iran had come under mounting pressure to allow a “credible” investigation after video footage emerged appearing to show the plane being hit by a fast-moving object before a flash appears.

The Ukrainian and Canadian leaders called for accountability after Iran’s admission.


The armed forces were first to acknowledge the error, saying the Boeing 737 had been mistaken for a “hostile plane” at a time when enemy threats were at the highest level.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,” Rouhani said on Twitter.


“Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Iran ‘Saddened’
In a statement posted on the government’s website, Rouhani said Iran’s armed forces had been on alert for possible attacks by the Americans after the “martyrdom” of Soleimani.


“Iran is very much saddened by this catastrophic mistake and I, on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, express my deep condolences to the families of victims of this painful catastrophe,” he said.

Rouhani added he had ordered “all relevant bodies to take all necessary actions (to ensure) compensation” to the families of those killed.


“This painful incident is not an issue that can be overcome easily.”

He said, “the perpetrators of this unforgivable mistake will be prosecuted”.


“It is necessary to take necessary steps and measures to remove the weak points of the country’s defence systems so that such a catastrophe is never repeated again.”

The majority of passengers on UIA Flight PS752 were dual national Iranian-Canadians but also included Ukrainians, Afghans, Britons, and Swedes.


Demands For Justice
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Saturday that Iran punish those responsible for the downing of the plane and pay compensation.

“We expect Iran… to bring the guilty to the courts,” the Ukrainian leader wrote on Facebook.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said closure and accountability were needed in the wake of the incident.

Trudeau also demanded “transparency and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims”.


“This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,” his office said in a statement.

The disaster came as tensions soared in the region after the Soleimani killing, and fears grew of an all-out war between Iran and its arch-enemy the United States.


Washington said the Soleimani strike was carried out to prevent “imminent”, large-scale attacks on American embassies.

Tehran had vowed, “severe revenge” for the killing of Soleimani before launching missiles at the bases in Iraq.


“Human error at the time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

“Our profound regrets, apologies, and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations.”


Iran has invited the United States, Ukraine, Canada, and others to join the crash investigation.

It is Iran’s worst civil aviation disaster since 1988 when the US military said it shot down an Iran Airplane over the Gulf by mistake, killing all 290 people on board.


Video footage of the UIA 737, which The New York Times said it had verified, emerged and appeared to show the moment the airliner was hit.

A fast-moving object is seen rising at an angle into the sky before a bright flash appears, which dims and then continues moving forward. Several seconds later, an explosion is heard and the sky lights up.

Many airlines from around the world canceled flights to and from Iran in the wake of the crash or rerouted flights away from Iranian airspace.

Nations around the world have called for restraint and de-escalation, and fears of a full-blown conflict have subsided after US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran appeared to be standing down after targeting the US bases in Iraq.


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Ukraine plane crash: 57 died, not 63 – Canada minister


Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne said the number of Canadian citizens in the ill-fated Ukraine Airlines plane is 57, not 63 as initially claimed.

Champagne said the new figure was based on the latest information available in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on Wednesday. None of the 176 passengers and crew aboard the airliner survived.

“This is a very fluid situation. We said that from the get-go in terms of identifying the number of victims which would be Canadians on board,” said Champagne told reporters on Friday.

Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Francois-Philippe Champagne


The lower total was arrived at based on additional information about birth dates and comparing travel documents, he said.

Meanwhile Canada is joining Iran to investigate the crash. Prime Minister Trudeau, US President Trump and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson believe the plane was shot down by Iran’s anti-missile system in error.


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Ukraine opt for ‘Evidence’ in Iran crash


Ukraine asked international partners to provide any evidence they may have to help investigators probing a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Iran, as US media reported it was mistakenly shot down by a missile.

All 176 people on board died when Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) Boeing 737NG went down on Wednesday, shortly after Tehran launched missiles at US forces in Iraq in response to the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone strike in Baghdad.


“If any country has information that can help conduct a transparent and objective investigation into the tragedy, we are ready to receive it and cooperate in further verification,” the Ukraine presidency said in an English-language statement.

“Ukraine is interested in finding the truth. Therefore, I ask all our international partners: if you have any evidence to assist the investigation, please provide it.”


Investigators are pursuing several leads following the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane in Iran, including a surface-to-air missile strike, an act of terror and engine failure, Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s national security and defence council (RNBO), told AFP earlier Thursday.

The council is tasked with coordinating the probe into the disaster, the first fatal crash involving Ukraine’s biggest carrier UIA.

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he had “suspicions” about the crash as unnamed officials told American media that Iranian air defence systems likely accidentally shot down the airliner.

Newsweek, CBS, and CNN said that satellite, radar, and electronic data indicated the tragic error, which followed a ballistic missile barrage by Iran on two military bases in Iraq where US troops work.


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Pandemonium as South African aircraft crashed in DR Congo


A tragic incident was averted yesterday January 9, as a South African military aircraft crash landed and caught fire at the Goma airport in eastern Congo.

No casualty was recorded after the C-130BZ military aircraft transporting 59 passengers and eight crew members caught fire upon crash-landing.

Confirming the incident, Mathias Gillman who is the acting spokesperson for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo known as MONUSCO said the military aircraft was returning from eastern Congo city of Beni, where it was providing logistical support to the South African contingent deployed in the region.

He said;

“MONUSCO sent a rescue team that brought the fire under control and everyone was safely evacuated.”

Also confirming the incident, South Africa’s National Defence Force disclosed that its board of inquiry will be convened to investigate the incident.


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The 2 black boxes in Ukraine’s airplane crash found – Iran TV


The two black boxes from the Ukrainian airliner that crashed outside the capital Tehran were found on Wednesday, Iranian state television reported.

An Iranian official was quoted as saying both boxes were damaged but that it was believed their data could still be retrieved.

The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed earlier on Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport.


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