Lt.-Gen. Sikander Afzal belongs to Pakistan Armed Forces. He was born on 03 March 1952 in Lahore, Pakistan. Until his new appointment as Force Commander of UNMIL, he was Corps Commander of an elite Corp at Multan. Prior to his present appointment, he served in UNISOM II (UN Mission in Somalia) as the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) Commander.
Lt.-Gen. Afzal joined the Pakistan Army in 1972. He is a graduate of Punjab and Baluchistan universities with a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) degree. He later earned Master of Science Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quad-i-Azam University. He is also a graduate of Pakistan Army Command and Staff College and Pakistan National Defence College.Lt.-Gen. Afzal has had a distinguished military career in the Pakistan Army. He served in numerous commands, instructional and important assignments at home and abroad. He has commanded an Armoured Brigade and an Infantry Brigade, two Infantry Divisions and served as the Director-General for Strategic Analysis in the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence. Since 2006 he has been serving as Corps Commander of a Corps at Multan with responsibility for more than 30,000 military personnel.
Lt.-Gen. Afzal is married to Mahlaqa Sikander and has two children, a daughter and a son.