13 October 2010

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Major General Muhammad Khalid of Pakistan


as Force Commander for United Nations Mission in Liberia


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Major General Muhammad Khalid of Pakistan as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  Major General Khalid will replace Lieutenant General Sikander Afzal of Pakistan, whose tour of duty ends on 28 November.  The Secretary-General is grateful to Lieutenant General Afzal for his contribution to the work of UNMIL.

Since joining the Pakistani military in 1979, Major General Khalid has had a distinguished military career, including significant command positions and prior experience with United Nations peacekeeping.  Since December 2009, he has served as the Commander of the Logistics Area in Quetta, Pakistan.  Between 2007 and 2009, he served as the Chief of Staff of Command Headquarters in the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan.  Prior to this, he commanded infantry formations at the divisional and brigade level and also held a number of other command positions.  Major General Khalid served with the United Nations Transitional Administration in Cambodia (UNTAC) as a Military Observer in 1992-1993.

Major General Khalid holds a Master of Science degree from Quaid-I-Azam University, Pakistan.

Born in 1959 in Quetta, Major General Khalid is married and has two sons.

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