General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), traveled to Quetta on Wednesday and performed the prayers for Brigadier Muhammad Khalid and Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali at the Quetta Garrison.
According to the ISPR, the funeral was attended by several civil and military leaders, including Shuhada’s relatives, as well as the governor of Balochistan, Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, the chief minister of Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, provincial ministers, and others.
Additionally, COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa paid visits to the families of slain Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, and Lieutenant Colonel Laiq Baig Mirza, who all chose martyrdom in the Ziarat tragedy and the Lasbela helicopter disaster, respectively.
The funeral prayers for Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, Major General Amjad Hanif, and Brigadier Muhammad Khalid will be offered at Army Graveyard Rawalpindi at 05:30 pm today, the military’s media wing announced. The bodies of Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali and Brigadier Muhammad Khalid have been transported to Rawalpindi.
Later, the martyrs will be buried with the highest military honors.
The news that all six officers and troops, including Corps Commander Southern Command, Lt. General Sarfraz Ali, had accepted martyrdom was verified on Tuesday by DG ISPR, Major General Babar Iftikhar.
He said the unfortunate accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations.
A Pakistan Army aviation helicopter with important personalities aboard, including Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali went missing in Balochistan’s Lasbela district.
The military helicopter, according to the military’s media wing, was engaged in a flood relief mission in Lasbela.
The ISPR stated that “A Pakistan Army Aviation helicopter lost touch with ATC while conducting flood relief operations in Lasbela, Balochistan.”