UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations (UN) has honoured 128 military, police and civilian personnel from 38 countries, including seven Pakistanis, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2017 at a solemn ceremony on Friday.
The ceremony marked the annual International Day of Peacekeepers in which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal was awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who had given their lives for the cause of peace, during the preceding year.
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, accepted the awards on behalf of the families of the seven fallen Pakistani peacekeepers.
“United Nations (UN) commemorated International UN Peacekeepers Day. Sacrifices of seven Pakistani peacekeepers acknowledged by posthumously awarding them Dag Hammarskjöld medals. “Pakistan is a peace loving country contributing to global peace efforts”, COAS,” reads DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor’s tweet.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also served on the important mission in Congo as a brigadier and has a lot of understanding of peacekeeping and world peace.
Pakistani peacekeepers have participated in 44 peacekeeping missions that have been deployed in 26 countries all over the world.
At present, there are over 6,000 Pakistani troops on different missions.
Traditionally, Pakistani contingents are highly reputed for their professionalism and unparallel commitment for the conservation of global peace.
So far, 156 Pakistani peacekeepers have embraced martyrdom. The honour has been appreciated and recognised all over the world.