Asif Ghafoor Has Been Named the Commander of XII Corps
According to the military’s public affairs branch, Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor has been named the Commander of the XII Corps (Quetta), taking the place of Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, who died in a helicopter accident.
Previously, Lt Gen Ghafoor oversaw Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The ISPR claimed in a statement released late on Wednesday night that he is “replacing Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali… who embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in a helicopter crash owing to adverse weather during flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan, on 1 August 2022 (Monday)”.
Helicopter Crashed while Carrying Out Relief Efforts
When their helicopter crashed on Monday while carrying out relief efforts in Quetta’s Lasbela district, Lt Gen Ali and five other people perished.
After losing communication with air traffic control on Monday night, their helicopter was reported missing.
At the time, the press was informed by police sources that the area where the helicopter vanished was rugged and devoid of even jeep trails, making it very challenging for rescue teams to conduct a search.
Helicopter’s Wreckage was Discovered on Tuesday
The helicopter’s wreckage was discovered on Tuesday in the Lasbela neighbourhood, close to Musa Goth.
The ISPR had announced the update and stated that all six of the officers on board the chopper had chosen martyrdom.
Lt Gen Ali and Brig Muhammad Khalid, the Commander Engineers for the XII Corps, were among the officers who were martyred.
Brig Amjad Hanif, Brig Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major Muhammad Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassir Fayyaz were the other four service members who lost their lives.