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

Published: July 22, 2014
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According to UN data, from the total contribution of 10,680 troops in 2009, Pakistan has reduced its troops to 7203 in first half of 2014. PHOTO: ISPR

According to UN data, from the total contribution of 10,680 troops in 2009, Pakistan has reduced its troops to 7203 in first half of 2014. PHOTO: ISPR

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.

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.

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  • arslan
    Jul 22, 2014 - 11:20PM

    We are involved with war within hence contribution reduced. Once terrorists are eliminated or nearly eliminated will perhaps contribute more. Pakistan needs every soldier to protect its own sovereignty.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jul 23, 2014 - 12:00AM

    We need our military men and women at home right now, so this makes sense.Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Jul 23, 2014 - 12:31AM

    Not sure “contributor” is an appropriate word since 3rd World countries like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh make significant money on their “contribution”.

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  • Asif
    Jul 23, 2014 - 1:18AM

    No one helps Pakistan….but Pakistan helps everyone …….we keep Palestine and free gaza Pics but I have never seen sone putting Pakistan flag as Dp

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  • Aftab
    Jul 23, 2014 - 2:09AM

    In presence of much unemployment in the country, Pakistan should hire more people in army to fulfill its local and foreign needs. Our troops abroad are good source of remittances.

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  • hammad
    Jul 23, 2014 - 11:31AM

    a good move by pakistan..
    we need army in home to eradicate terrorism.. and INSHALLAH we will do our part for restoration of peace in the world once again..!

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  • osama
    Jul 23, 2014 - 1:45PM

    pakistan shouldnt contribute even a single soldier ….if UN cant take action against the atrocities of Israel….there is no need for us to be part of such a biased and worthless organization…

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  • kfaisal
    Jul 23, 2014 - 3:51PM

    Pakistan earns a lot of foreign exchange by contributing troops. They r paid in dollars and govt keeps half and half goes to army which keeps half and given half to the troops. But even then its a lot of money for the soldiers and they are sent to UN as a incentive for good service. So its a win-win for everyone.Recommend

  • Thinking Indian
    Jul 23, 2014 - 7:35PM

    @unbelievable:
    ”Pakistan, India and Bangladesh make significant money…”
    How significant is this money made by India on deputation of about 8000 troops?
    Indian economy size is US $ 5.75 trillion (in terms of PPP) now ranked third after USA & China. Total remittance into India is about $ 71 Billion. In spite of having a population 7 times of Pakistan or Bangladesh, India contributes no more than these neighbors.

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