Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Asif Ghafoor has been appointed as the Commander XII Corps (Quetta). Ghafoor replaced Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was martyred in a helicopter crash in Balochistan earlier this week.

Lt Gen Ghafoor was currently serving as the General Officer Commanding Okara. He previously served as the Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) from 2016 to 2020.

The military’s media affairs wing, ISPR, said in a statement: “In his new role, he is replacing Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, who embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in a helicopter crash due to bad weather during flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan, on 1 August 2022 (Monday).”


A Pakistan Army aviation helicopter on a flood relief operation in Lasbela, Balochistan, went missing on Monday (August 1) at 5:30pm when it lost contact with air traffic control (ATC). On August 2, a Pakistan Army aviation helicopter that went missing in Balochistan was found and all six Pakistan Army personnel on board embraced martyrdom.


Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali was supervising the flood relief operations in Balochistan when the helicopter crashed.