Islamabad: The second phase of photographic exhibition was held at premises of the United Nations Headquarter on Monday to commemorate 50 years of Pakistan’s participation in UN peacekeeping. Alain Le Roy, the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, lauded Pakistan’s contribution towards peacekeeping, saying Pakistan is one of the largest contributors to U.N. peacekeeping missions around the world, with some 10,553 troops, says a press release received here today from New York.
Le Roy further said that he was proud of Pakistani peacekeepers as he had seen them in action, and had seen them performing with great success. He said, he is proud of Pakistani soldiers.
Mr. Roy said that there is nearly 84,000 military personnel, and 16,000 police officers, 6000 international civilian and 14000 national staff serving in 14 Mission. Pakistan is currently participating in 9 Missions.
Earlier in April, the photographic exhibition which was held at Pakistan House, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who was the chief guest at the event, greatly appreciated Pakistan’s significant contribution to UN Peacekeeping Missions across the world, adding that it had brought credit to the world body.
On that occasion, he specifically mentioned Pakistani peacekeepers who had served in some of the most difficult circumstance and demonstrated professionalism that brought laurels for the United Nations and Pakistan. The Secretary General further said, “We know that this great contribution comes at a great cost. Tragically, 122 Pakistani military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives while proudly serving the United Nations. They are sons and daughters of Pakistan but they are also members of the United Nations family. We mourn their deaths. We remember their lives. And we vow to carry forward their valiant work for peace”.
The exhibition has now been moved to UN Headquarters to enable more people to see some historic photographs of Pakistani soldiers work—building peace and bringing development in conflict zones.
In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN underscored that Pakistan’s consistent participation in UN Peacekeeping over five decades was a clear demonstration of its commitment towards advancing international peace and security. Pakistan Ambassador welcomed the visitors to the exhibition, saying where ever the world body deployed Pakistani peacekeepers, they worked with dedication and did their best to advance the cause of peace.
The Ambassador further said that Pakistan considers peacekeeping as the flagship activity of the United Nations and a noble undertaking, providing the basis on which the UN can lay foundations for peace and stability of countries affected by conflict. Pakistan has been at the forefront of the United Nations efforts to maintain international peace and security through contribution to UN Peacekeeping. Pakistan’s commitment to and involvement in the United Nations Peacekeeping stems from its commitment to service to humanity, international peace, collective security, peace-making and post-conflict peace-building. Adherence to these elements has led it to actively cooperate and consistently participate in the peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations.
Pakistan began participating in the UN Peacekeeping in 1960 when it deployed its troops in the United Nations Operation in Congo (ONUC). Over the past 50 years, Pakistan has been one of the largest and most consistent contributors to UN peacekeeping operations. Pakistan has participated in 38 UN Peacekeeping Missions contributing over 100,000 peacekeepers.
122 Pakistani peacekeepers have laid down their lives in the cause for achieving peace and forging tranquillity in troubled countries of the world. In addition, around 100 personnel have been wounded. Since 2006 Pakistan is the largest troop contributing country with over 10,600 personnel deployed in nine peacekeeping missions. This constitutes 10% of the total UN peacekeeping deployment.
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