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Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali: a thorough professional with an impeccable personality

Web Desk 08:09 PM | 2 Aug, 2022
Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali: a thorough professional with an impeccable personality
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XII Corps Commander Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali of the Pakistan Army, who embraced martyrdom in a helicopter crash during a flood relief mission in Balochistan on Monday, was known as a thorough professional with an impeccable personality.

The commander of the Southern Command embraced martyrdom with five officers and soldiers aboard while flying over the Lasbela District in Balochistan during the flood relief mission.

The armed forces are currently assisting the civil administration in rescue and relief efforts in the areas hit by floods in Pakistan's largest province.

The top commander, who hailed from Lahore, kept his personal life under the wraps despite the fact that he served on some of the most sought-after positions in the army.

A graduate of the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Lt Gen Sarfraz was commissioned in the Azad Kashmir Regiment of the Pakistan Army in 1989.

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Lt Gen Sarfraz led the 111th Infantry Brigade, also known as the Triple-1 Brigade, in 2012.

He served as director general of the Military Intelligence from 2018 to 2019. Before his posting in the southwestern region, the decorated officer served as the Inspector General of the Frontier Corps, South Balochistan in 2020.

In late 2020, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and posted the Quetta Corps Commander the next month.

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Lt Gen Sarfraz was among the generals who were interviewed by former prime minister Imran Khan last year for the coveted post of Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan to replace Lt Gen Faiz Hameed.

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He was named for the Southern Command post, which is a crucial one as it handles counter-insurgency in the remote area and protects the border with wartorn Afghanistan. He was conferred top military awards twice for his role in the war on terror.

Lt Gen Sarfaraz is survived by a widow, a daughter and two sons. He was reportedly the first person of the Sindhi ethnicity to be elevated to this rank in the Pakistan Army. However, the Pakistan Army spokesperson has yet to verify this information.

On Tuesday, the military’s media wing confirmed that wreckage of the army helicopter, which went missing during relief operation on Monday, was found with no survivors in the Windar area in the Lasbela District in Balochistan.

Other members onboard the ill-fated aircraft were Pakistan Coast Guard Director General Brigadier Amjad Hanif Satti, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed (pilot), Major M. Talha Manan (co-pilot) and Naik Mudassir Fayyaz (helicopter crew).

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390

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