Rawalpindi - January 18, 2012:
Pakistani Aviation Contingent to Participate in Peacekeeping Mission in Democratic Republic Congo (DRC)
On 31 Dec 11, Pak Aviation-1 Contingent comprising three Puma helicopters arrived at KAVUMU Air Terminal, Bukavu, Congo. The helicopters had initially arrived in Entebbe, Uganda and after necessary fitments and test flights they flew to KAVUMU in South Kivu Brigade (SKB) Area of responsibility. Remaining strength of the contingent is expected to arrive within this month. A graceful welcome ceremony was organized at the air terminal to receive the contingent. This is the first Pakistani Aviation Contingent to participate in peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) which reflects the commitment and dedication of Pakistan towards UN and the Congolese Government in bringing peace to this country. Puma helicopters are a valuable addition in MONUSCO military air assets and will help providing better assistance to the UN staff in carrying out their tasks.
Pakistan Aviation-1 Contingent arrived at KAVUMU Air Terminal, Bukavu, Congo. (18-01-2012)- Photo ISPR
very informative pictorial history of PA UN missions.
even indian troops are involved in congo
Ivory Coast: 7 U.N. Peacekeeping Troops Killed
June 8, 2012
Seven U.N. peacekeeping troops in Ivory Coast were killed in an ambush June 8 while on patrol near the Liberian border, a U.N. spokeswoman said, Reuters reported
Pakistani peacekeepers honoured with the United Nations medal
UNITED NASTIONS, July 13 (APP): Some 1,600 Pakistani peacekeepers of the UN mission in Ivory Coast—the UNOCI—were on Friday honoured with the UN medal in Bouake, about 340 km north of the country’s main city Abidjan, according to a message received here. The awards were given to them by the Force Commander of the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), General Mohammad Iqbal Asi. In his address, General Iqbal Asi paid tribute to the recipients for having demonstrated professionalism and courage throughout their mission.“Your contributions to the fulfillment of the UN mandate in this country is praiseworthy,” he said.
No PR225/2012-ISPR Dated: October 7, 2012
Rawalpindi - October 7, 2012:
The outgoing Pakistani Contingent has constructed a children’s park in Voinjama, Lofa County, for the kids of the city at Liberia.
Turning over the Pakistan-Liberia Friendship Park to the local county authorities, UNMIL force commander Major General Muhammad Khalid said the initiative by the Pakistani peacekeepers will afford the children of Voinjama an opportunity to play in a clean environment.
The Children’s Park is a gift from Pakistani Contingent as they are preparing to end their tour of duty in Lofa County, the force commander said.
A large number of local elders, community members, children and UN officials witnessed the hand-over ceremony. Local community members thanked for this beautiful piece of work and expressed their gratitude by singing Pakistani songs. During their tour of duty, Pakistani Contingent undertook several programmes and projects outside their peacekeeping duties, providing training for several youths in various skills including auto mechanics, electricity, and basic computer training, among others.
Children enjoying a play ground built by Pakistani Contingent in Voinjama, Lofa County, Liberia – (7-10-2012)-Photo ISPR
No PR236/2012-ISPR Dated: October 23, 2012
Rawalpindi - October 23, 2012:
24 October will be celebrated as United Nations (UN) Day. Let’s not forget the role and sacrifices of Pakistan Army’s in Peacekeeping United Nations Missions all over the world.
Pakistan’s commitment with UN for promoting international peace and prosperity stems from the vision of its Founding Father, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Pakistan’s journey with UN Peacekeeping operations began in 1960 when it deployed its first ever contingent in United Nations Operations in Congo (ONUC). Over the past 50 years, Pakistan has been the most significant and consistent contributor to the UN Peacekeeping around the World. Pakistani peacekeepers have left no stone unturned in the noble cause of helping humanity, building peace and bringing stability across the regions, under the banner of United Nations.
President Soekarno of Indonesia paid tribute to Pakistani troops deployed in West Irian in these words “It was because of Pakistani troops that Indonesia and Pakistan came close together, they were Pakistan’s best ambassadors”.
Pakistan’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping has been as widely ranged as the varied cultural, geographical, political, and security conditions in which its troops had to operate. Pakistan has contributed 1,44,711 troops till to-date in 41 Missions spread over 23 countries in almost all continents of the World. Pakistan has remained one of the largest Troops Contributing Countries consistently for many years. Presently, Pakistan is contributing 9149 all ranks (9.46% of total UN deployment) deployed in 7 different UN Missions. In pursuance of it’s commitment to the noble cause of international peace and tranquility, 131 Pakistani troops (10.24% of total UN fatalities) including 21 Officers have given the ultimate sacrifice in different UN Missions, almost an equal number have been wounded.
Presently, Pakistani peacekeepers are deployed in Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Darfur, Western Sahara, East Timor and Haiti; helping human cause, bringing stability and promoting peace thus building a secure and peaceful world.
The performance of Pakistani peacekeepers has been acknowledged worldwide by numerous world leaders and the UN leadership. The undisputed high professional standing enjoyed by Pakistani peacekeepers has given them the honour of being one of the most desired body of troops in each UN Peacekeeping Mission. Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Haitai had remarked “Yours was the most difficult area with a history of militant activities and local feuds. The others, before you had probably 4 or 5 times more troops and had difficulty controlling the situation. The PAKBAT’s performance was consistently impeccable and earned admiration of everyone, Haitian and foreigners alike”.
Pakistan’s contribution to this shared vision of global peace is manifested in shape of the best that Pakistan Military has to offer in terms of discipline and training. The Pakistani contingent for the UN Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (1999-2005) has been cited by the UN Peacekeeping Headquarters as a “Role Model for all UN Missions”.
Our troops deployed in UN missions are continuously engaged in tasks like protection of civilians, providing health care and medical facilities, building roads and infrastructure, assisting in conduct of elections and providing logistics and aviation support. Pakistani contingents played a significant role in normalizing the war torn regions and countries by maintaining law and order and overseeing successful transition of Governments through supervision of elections in Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Congo etc.
Pakistani engineering troops not only undertook and completed cumbersome task of developing and reconstructing thousands of kilometers of communication infrastructure in Cambodia, Sudan, Darfur, Ivory Coast, Liberia etc, but also actively participated in demining operations in different missions like Kuwait, eastern Slovenia, etc.
While paying tribute to Pakistani Troops, Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the UN thus acknowledged: “Your soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the world peace and the United Nations. I salute this record of global idealism because I believe it reflects a determination among the Pakistani people to serve the world”.
Salute to these men who serve so far away from their country.
I have personal experience of the emotional trauma that some families go through sometime.
Out of 21 officers martyred mentioned in the above article, 6 died in a Mi-8 crash in UNAMSIL, including 3 Lt Col. My father was also supposed to be on that flight.
Last edited by nuclearpak; 10-23-2012 at 08:43 PM.
UN lauds Pak Army peacekeeping role
ISLAMABAD: Lauding role of Pak Army in peacekeeping, Under Secretary General, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Herve Ladsous on Wednesday said that Pakistan is the single largest troops contributor with over 9,000 men and women including 700 policemen.
In his message on UN Day, he said that this is an achievement for which the United Nations have to be extremely grateful to Pakistan.
Mentioning about causalities during the last 50 years, he said the brave Pakistani military and police were killed and paid the supreme price for taking part in the international duties that is something to remember and to be grateful for.
He also expressed his gratitude to Pakistan to its brave soldiers and police personnel, adding, "I think, we are proud and happy to have you with us in those very dedicated and sometimes difficult circumstances."
The Under Secretary General said, "Today is a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of the peacekeeping community we have been entertaining with your country for so many years, actually fifty years, in which your people have been taking part into 41 peacekeeping operations around the globe."
He acknowledged that Pakistani peacekeepers are present in exactly half of the UN operations in all parts of the world.
He said that Pakistani peacekeepers are contributing at every level of responsibility from private soldiers to force commanders and are providing the very solid contribution that the UN has come to expect of the member countries.
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