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UN honors seven Pakistani peacekeepers for their services

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UN honors seven Pakistanis

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.

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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:

Maleeha Lodhi talks about the International Day of Peacekeepers:

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.)

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