Usmani dead

Former corps commander General (rtd) Muzaffar Usmani was on Thursday found dead in a car in Karachi near Do Darya in Karachi, according to local media.

According to the initial reports by police, the car has been taken into custody and the body has been shifted to PNS Shifa Hospital. Police claim the general suffered from a heart attack and died while driving.

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General Usmani was appointed Corps Commander Karachi in 1999. He retired from the armed forces in 2001. He was also awarded the second-highest civilian award, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, for his services to the country.

He was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment of Pakistan Army. In 1996 he joined the Armoured Infantry Battalion, spending a year in regimental duties. General Usmani was posted to School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, as instructor.

In 1974, he was posted to Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, as Platoon and Company Commander. After promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded two Armoured Infantry Battalions.

As Lieutenant General, Usmani commanded two corps, one in Bahawalpur and one in Karachi, from where he was designated as the DCOAS. He was send to Commander V Coprs on 29th October 1998 replacing Lt Gen Afzal.

Lt Gen. Usmani besides graduating from Command and Staff College, Quetta, also attended Royal College of Defence Studies UK and Senior Officers Management Course, USA.