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

08:09 PM | 2 Aug, 2022
Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali: a thorough professional with an impeccable personality
Source: Arshad Sharif (Twitter)

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).


Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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