6 children and 2 others who were trapped in a chairlift when a wire snapped are being rescued by the Pakistani army

A cable broke in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, trapping six pupils and two other people in a chairlift hanging 900 feet in the air. The Pakistani Army has began a dangerous operation to free them.

The event happened on Wednesday morning about 8 am in the Allai tehsil of the Battagram district, while the kids were on their way to school.

Locals use this chairlift to cross the river since there aren’t any bridges or roads there, according to Mufti Gulamullah, head of the Allai tehsil.

According to a statement from the National Disaster Management Authority, a chairlift in Battagram became stopped in the middle of its journey at a height of roughly 900 feet because one of its wires had broken. According to reports, there are eight people stuck, including six children.

According to sources, the Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers are working with Pakistan Army Aviation helicopters and the Pakistan Air Force to conduct the rescue.

According to reports, the mission has become more difficult due to the strong winds in the vicinity, and the rescue helicopter’s blades are causing the lift to become unstable.

According to the sources, the Jhangri river runs under the chairlift, and there is a stony surface there.

The local government and Rescue 1122 teams were present at the scene, but owing to the height and the mountainous terrain, rescue personnel were unable to conduct a relief operation, according to Assistant Commissioner Jawad Hussain.

One of the individuals stuck in the chairlift, named as Gulfaraz (20), reportedly said that they do not presently have any drinking water with them.

A 16-year-old with a cardiac issue who has been asleep for the last three hours and was on his way to the hospital today, according to Gulfaraz’s further statement to the media.

According to reports, the chairlift’s first wire broke around seven in the morning, followed shortly by another, and they have been waiting for assistance ever since.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, the interim prime minister, has instructed officials to rescue the passengers and requested the national and provincial disaster management to employ all of their resources to provide safety measures for cable cars of a similar design in other parts of the nation.

Kakar said on X, “The chairlift accident in Battagram, KP is really alarming.”

Zafar Iqbal, a local schoolteacher, reportedly said that at least 150 children utilize this perilous commute to school each day because to the area’s inadequate road infrastructure.