Former DG ISPR and three-star rank Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor has been appointed as new Quetta Corps Commander, Pakistan Armed Forces media wing said in a press release.
He has replaced Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali who embraced martyrdom in a helicopter crash incident in Lasbella Balochistan due to bad weather.
Who is Asif Ghafoor?
Asif Ghafoor graduated from National Defence University in Islamabad, Command and Staff College in Quetta, and the Command and Staff College in Bandung, Indonesia.
In December 2016, he was appointed as the new director general (DG) for Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed forces.
He was then commanding a division in Swat and later replaced Lt Gen Asim Bajwa as DG ISPR.
Lt Gen Bajwa was posted as Inspector General of Arms at GHQ. Maj Gen Ghafoor was a part of the artillery regiment.
He has a vast experience in operations and has commanded a unit in Operation Al-Mizan.
He has also served in the military operations directorate and remained involved in the finalisation of the National Action Plan (NAP).
In his last tweet from his personal Twitter handle at the position of DG ISPR, Major Asif Ghafoor wrote: “Thanks for your love & support. Stay strong, continue doing your bit for Pakistan. Stay blessed.”
He was appointed as the General Officer Commanding 40 Division in Okara in January 2020 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in November of the same year.
He was serving as Inspector General Communications and Information Technology at the time of his appointment as Corps Commander Quetta.