United Nations, in a ceremony held in its US headquarters, honored 7 Pakistanis, along with 121 others from 37 countries, who lost their lives while serving under the UN peacekeeping banner with the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Medal.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who also led the moment of silence to remember the martyrs, expressed his “deepest condolences and appreciation” to the family members and friends of those who died, as well as his “deepest sorrow and greatest appreciation” to the countries that contributed the troops and police officers.
Seven Pakistanis lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations in 2017
Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, attended the solemn ceremony and accepted the awards on behalf of the fallen heroes’ families.
The following Pakistanis were awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal:
Sepoy Hazrat Bilal, Naik Abdul Ghafoor and Naik Muhammad Ali who were deployed with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA;) Sepoy Muhammad Ishtiaq Abbasi, Sepoy Tariq Javed, and Naik Atta-ur-Rehman who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO;) and Sepoy Yasir Abbas from the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID.)
Maleeha Lodhi accepted the awards on behalf of the fallen heroes’ families:
اقوام متحدہ کاعالمی امن کیلئے پاک فوج کی قربانیوں کااعتراف-امن مشن میں شریک 7پاک فوج کے شہداءکومیڈلزدیئے گئےسیکرٹری جنرل اقوام متحدہ انتونیوگتریس نے پاکستانی شہداء کیلئے میڈلزدیئےپاکستانی مستقل ڈاکٹرمندوب ملیحہ لودھی نے شہداءکے میڈلزوصول کئے pic.twitter.com/pZTgCrBQ0L
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Maleeha Lodhi talks about the International Day of Peacekeepers:
Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN @LodhiMaleeha talks about the International Day of @UN peacekeepers and the recognition of Pakistan by the UN & World, for our contribution and sacrifices towards the just cause of ensuring peace & freedom in the world. pic.twitter.com/Ev6OtiRpz5
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) June 2, 2018
Pakistan is the largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping Missions
Pakistan is the largest contributor of uniformed personnel to United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Missions around the world. It currently has around 6000 uniformed personnel serving in different parts of the world including Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Sudan.
Pakistan also hosts the largest number of refugees, over 1.45 million, most of them hailing from Afghanistan and Myanmar. Pakistan is also credited with overseeing the safe return of 4.1 million Afghanis back to Afghanistan since 2002 as facilitated by The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR.)