A search and rescue operation is expected to be initiated on Sunday for at least seven people missing in the Upper Kohistan mountains after heavy snowfall in the region.
The seven people, who had gone in search of precious peridot gemstones in Spat Malli area in Upper Kohistan, lost contact with their families after heavy snowfall covered the region and blocked routes leading to the mountains.
District police officer of Upper Kohistan Raja Abdul Saboor Khan told media that the families of the treasure hunters had not heard from them for more than a week, sparking fears that they may be trapped or dying.
He said the deputy commissioner had requested the provincial government for a helicopter to launch a rescue operation for the missing.
Pakistan Army personnel will also take part in the search and rescue mission, the official added.
Last week an operation was also launched to rescue tourists stranded in heavy snow near Nathia Gali.
Pakistan Army and Air Force rescue teams were sent in support of the civil administration to help the tourists trapped at Toheed Abad near Nathia Gali.