Lt. Gen Sarfraz and
other officers were
assets of Pak Army
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Javed Raja, Convenor, Peace International UK

LONDON: Expressing deep condolence over the crash of Pak Military helicopter, Javed Raja, Convenor, Peace International UK, has said that the whole nation is deeply grieved on the martyrdom of Lt. General Sarfraz Ali & 5 other officers of Pakistan Army. They were doing a sacred duty of providing relief to flood affectees. They will remain eternally indebted to these sons of soil. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families!

In a condolence message, Javed Raja said that Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali

on Nov 25, 2020, Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was serving as a major general, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Following his promotion, he was posted as the corps commander of XII Corps, which is also known as the Southern Command, in 2021.

Before his posting to the Quetta corps, he served as the inspector general of the Frontier Corps in South Balochistan, director general of Military Intelligence, and commander of the 111 Brigade in Rawalpindi. He had also served as defence attache at the Pakistani embassy in the United States.

Corp Commander Lt. General Sarfraz Ali (Late)

Javed Raja expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of the 6 army officers and soldiers. The entire nation salutes Lt. Gen. Sarfaraz Ali, DG Pakistan Coast Guard Major General Amjad, Commander Engineer 12 Corps Brig. Khalid, Pilot Major Saeed, Co-Pilot Major Talha and Crew Chief Naik Mudassar Shaheed,” the PM said in a statement, naming the deceased soldiers.

“These sons of the country are the pride of the nation who sacrificed their lives to save the lives of their countrymen surrounded by floods,” he added.

Javed Raja said that he is fortunate that he got several chances to meet with this great soldier and is very admire of capability. May Allah bless him and other military officers martyred in this tragedy.

“These officers left us while were busy in flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan. Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali was supervising the flood relief operations in Balochistan.

Lt. General Sarfraz Ali and other officers who got martyred in helicopter crash

Torrential rains since the monsoon season began in June in Balochistan have caused flash floods in several parts of the country. Around 450 people have been killed in rain-related incidents across Pakistan since mid-June, with Balochistan worst hit with 164 deaths as of Tuesday. Four army aviation helicopters have been participating in rescue and relief work in several districts of the province.

Javed Raja said that

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday attended the funeral prayers of Corps Commander Quetta Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali and Brigadier Muhammad Khalid Shaheed in Quetta, who among six soldiers embraced martyrdom during a helicopter crash in Lasbela.

New Corp Commander Lt. General Asif Ghafoor

The army chief met the families of martyred Lt-Gen Sarfaraz Ali and Brig Muhammad Khalid. He also held a meeting with the family of martyred Lieutenant Colonel Laiq Baig Mirza. The funeral prayers of other martyred soldiers were offered in their native towns.

Javed Raja further said that Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor has been appointed as the Commander XII Corps (Quetta), replacing Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali, who was killed in a helicopter crash. Though this is not an occasion of greeting but he deserves our heartiest congratulation on assuming this very responsible post. He is a distinguished military officer and we all believe that he will deliver the goods and fulfil the expectation of the nation. InshaAllah.