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In pictures: Helicopter earthquake missions

Helicopters are playing a vital role in the relief operation after last week's earthquake centred in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

It's dangerous work, one helicopter has already crashed killing all on board. And bad weather has left them grounded at times.

Chaklala airbase at the garrison city of Rawalpindi bursts into activity at 0630 every day.

The helicopter operation has already saved thousands of lives, the army says. Text, photos: Aamer Ahmed Khan

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