United Nations (UN) peacekeeping is a manifestation of the global resolve to allay human sufferings and create conditions for lasting peace in countries torn by conflict. In this regard, Pakistan has always been on the forefront since its first UN deployment in 1960. Taking this initial step forward, over the past 60 years, Pakistan has been instrumental in implementing the mandate of UN missions across the world; our feats are unparalleled in this regard.
Our contingents abroad have played a significant role in normalizing war-torn societies, maintaining law and order and enabling successful transition of political processes. With a contribution of more than 200,000 troops in 46 missions and 28 countries, the spirit of sacrifice of Pakistani peacekeepers has been widely acknowledged by numerous world leaders including the UN leadership.
Pakistan has sacrificed in terms of blood and sweat for world peace and to bring order to troubled regions of the world. In the year 2021 alone, our 6 brave peacekeepers, namely Lieutenant Colonel Syed Abrar (R) in UN Mission in Western Sahara, Havildar Muhammad Shafeeq in Central African Republic (CAR), Naik Muhammad Naeem, Lance Naik Tahir Ikram and Lance Naik Adil Jan in Darfur and Non-combatant Enrolled Tahir Mehmood in Congo, laid their lives for the global cause. In order to honour their sacrifices, Dag Hammarskjold Medal has been conferred posthumously to the martyrs by UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, on May 26, 2022 in an event organized at the UN Secretariat, New York. This year's sacrifices bring the total toll of Pakistani Peacekeepers to 169 martyrs.
Pakistan's commitment and resolve to bring peace beyond borders will continue undeterred against challenges of any magnitude. We stand committed to the UN effort in making the world a better place for the future generations, consistent with our founding father's vision and as a responsible member of the international community.
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