Pakistani UN peacekeeping contingents drop by 32 per cent year-on-year

From the total contribution of 10,680 troops in 2009, Pakistan has reduced its troops to 7203 in first half of 2014.

Ismail Sheikh July 22, 2014

With the security situation deteriorating at home, Pakistan, once a top troop contributor to United Nations peacekeeping missions, has reduced troops significantly, data released by UN showed.

In last five years the global force involved in the UN peace keeping missions have increased from around 94,000 in 2009 to over 98,000 in first six months of 2014. But Pakistan has reduced troops by almost 32 per cent in a period that coincides with growing troubles at home and incidents abroad.

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According to UN data, Pakistan was once the top troop contributor with 10,680 troops in 2009. Since, Pakistan has reduced its troops to just 7,203 in first half of 2014.

Pakistan, the fourth largest contributor to the UN Police missions with 916 personnel in 2010, has slipped to sixth spot contributing just 567 police officers this year. In terms of contribution to the UN military experts, Pakistan has fallen from the top spot in 2010 with 114 experts sent to peace missions to third position with just 81 military experts.

Share of Pakistan in troops contribution to UN peace missions have also fallen from 8,877 in 2010 to 6,555 personnel in the first half of 2014.

In recent years, Pakistani troops have served in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Haiti, East Timor, Ivory Coast, Congo among other places.

The trend is not limited to Pakistan only, as the contribution by the two other top troop contributors to UN missions, Bangladesh and India, has also dropped. But their contribution have picked up again this year.