Profile: Brigadier Mustafa Kamal Barki

Aamir Tariq 12:32 PM | 27 Mar, 2023
Profile: Brigadier Mustafa Kamal Barki

Brigadier Mustafa Kamal Barki was one of the most highly-trained and gallant intelligence officers of the premier Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). He mastered the craft of modern intelligence and neutralised every design of Pakistan’s enemies and their allies. On March 21, 2023, he joined the brave soldiers of Pakistan who sacrificed theirs lives for the motherland.

Brigadier Mustafa Kamal Barkihad had an encounter with terrorists in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan on March 21 this year. Geographically, South Waziristan is a mountainous region bordering Afghanistan and it has long been infested with militants.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media affairs wing of the Pakistan Army, said that Brigadier Barki and his soldiers put up a heroic resistance against terrorists during the encounter. In this deadly ambush, Brigadier Barkiand his soldiers were martyred. Brigadier Barkihas left behind his wife, a daughter, and a son.

As a brave army officer, Brigadier Barki remained involved in counter terrorism operations and successfully dismantled numerous terrorist networks in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. It was Brigadier Barkiwho traced and neutralised the terrorist network involved in the APS attack in 2014wherein hundreds of Pakistani schoolchildren were martyred.

BrigMustafa Kamal Barkigot commission in the Frontier Force Regiment of the Pakistan Army on October 12, 1995. 

Recently, Pakistani security forces conducted numerous operations against terrorists across the country, arrested several terrorists and their facilitators, and foiled many terrorist attacks. In consequence, two ISI officials, Director Naveed SadiqSial and Inspector Nasir Abbas, were martyred in a gun attack in the Pirowalarea of Khanewal a few weeks ago. BrigBarki is the second high-ranking ISI official who has embraced martyrdom in an ambush within a few weeks.

Brig Barkiwas buried at the army graveyard with full military honours. President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General SahirShamshad Mirza, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) DG Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, a large number of serving and retired military officers and soldiers, government officials, parliamentarians and locals attended Brig Barki’s funeral prayers at the Racecourse in Rawalpindi.

To express solidarity, a grand jirga announced three-day mourning on the tragic demise of Brig Barki.

Nisar Barki, a cousin of Brig. Mustafa Kamal Barki described him as a “caring person”.He said Brig Barki received his early education at a school in his hometown and then got admission to an educational institution in Tank.

“We studied together up to 12th grade and were even together at Cadet College Razmak in North Waziristan,” he said. “After completing his education there, Mustafa was selected by a medical college and Pakistan’s Military Academy, but he preferred to join the army.”He said that his cousin joined the Frontier Force Regiment in 1995 and served in various capacities. He was also posted abroad to work with different Pakistani diplomatic missions.

BrigBarkiwas a graduate of the National Defence University and Command and Staff College, Quetta. Distinctively, he participated in the KargilWar and suffered injuries.

Aamir Tariq
Aamir Tariq

The writer is a staff member.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

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 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for Newsletter