United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major General Hafiz Masroor Ahmed of Pakistan as the Force Commander for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).
Major General Ahmed will replace Major General Muhammad Iqbal Asi of Pakistan, who completed his tour of duty on 21 April. The Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated and exemplary service during his two-year tenure with UNOCI.
Major General Ahmed brings to this position 30 years of national and international military experience having since 2012 served as General Officer Commanding of an infantry division in Pakistan and Chief of Staff of a corps headquarters from 2011 to 2012. Previously, he commanded an infantry brigade and served as the Director of Military Intelligence in the General Headquarters. Major General Ahmed has also served as a United Nations Military Observer in Sierra Leone from 2004 to 2005 and as Staff Officer of the Pakistan Task Force in Saudi Arabia from 1990 to 1991.
Major General Ahmed has master’s degrees in defence and strategic studies and war studies from the National Defence University of Islamabad and the Balochistan University, respectively, Pakistan. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College of Fort Leavenworth in the United States.
Born in Pakistan in 1962, Major General Ahmed is married and has three children.