ISLAMABAD: As a consistent leading troop contributing country, Pakistan is cognizant of the important role played by UN peacekeepers in maintaining security and stability in so many of the world’s conflict zones.
This was said by Foreign Office spokesperson on the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Friday, said a press statement.
The spokesperson while saluting the services and sacrifices rendered by peacekeepers from around the world reiterated Pakistan’s solemn commitment to continue working with the United Nations for the ideals of peace, stability and cooperation espoused by the ‘blue helmets’.
The statement said Pakistan is proud of its longstanding contributions to UN peacekeeping spanning over six decades. “Our peacekeepers have earned well deserved respect and goodwill for their professionalism and devotion to duty in every mission they have participated in.”
The FO spokesperson further said that since 1960, over 200,000 of Pakistani servicemen have served with honor and distinction in 46 UN missions in 26 countries in almost all continents of the world. One hundred and fifty-seven of our gallant peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of international peace and security, she added.
The statement said that Pakistan had also led the way in deputing female peacekeepers in a record time. In 2019, Pakistan met the 15 percent benchmark set by the UN Secretariat in the staff/ officers category. Pakistani lady police officer Shahzadi Gulfam was the first ever recipient of International Female Police Peacekeeper Award in 2011.
The FO spokesperson further said, “Our contribution to peacekeeping on ground has been complemented by our sustained engagement in policy development in peacekeeping. We bring a unique perspective to peacekeeping as a leading troop contributing country as well as a host country to one of the oldest peacekeeping missions, UNMOGIP.”
Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, PTI leader and Chairman Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & Heritage, Senator Faisal Javed said the entire nation is proud of the contributions made by its armed forces for world peace.
He said Pakistani women peacekeepers have also made invaluable contributions towards peace. He said passion and commitment of brave and patriotic Pakistanis is strong.