Pakistan; largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions: PM

Pakistan; largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions: PM

ISLAMABAD, May 29 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Sunday said that Pakistan was the largest contributor to the UN Peacekeeping missions in the world as it had so far provided about 200,000 personnel.

Such a gesture also manifested Pakistan’s desire and efforts for peace, the prime minister said in a message on the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers being observed on May 29.

The prime minister paid tribute to the efforts, contributions, professionalism and sacrifices of the Pakistani Peacekeeping Missions under the UN umbrella.

He also paid rich tributes to the contributions of the armed forces of Pakistan, Rangers, FC and the police force in the UN peacekeeping missions.

UN secretary-general and other UN offices had lauded and acknowledged the contributions and sacrifices of Pakistan’s peacekeepers, he said, adding that during 1960 to 2022, the officers and jawans of Pakistan peacekeepers had played an exemplary and praiseworthy role in the UN missions.

A total of 169 Pakistani peacekeepers had embraced shahadat while performing duties in the UN missions abroad, the prime minister said, saluting their valour and sacrifices.

“The sons and daughters of the nation have displayed their professional capabilities worldwide by maintaining peace and serving the humankind,” he added.

The prime minister said the international recognition of the professionalism of the armed forces of Pakistan to carry out their responsibilities across the globe in the challenging situations was a matter of great pride.