5 Pakistani Peacekeepers Awarded with UN Medals Posthumously
UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (APP): At a solemn ceremony, the United Nations honored 117 military, police and civilian staff from 43 countries, counting five Pakistanis, who received martyrdom while serving in peacekeeper maneuvers during 2016. Wednesday’s event celebrated the yearly International Day of Peacekeepers during which the “Dag Hammarskjold Medal” was honored posthumously to the peacekeepers who had presented and given their lives for the cause of peace, at some stage in the previous year. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when addressing a large and distinguished gathering in remarks on the occasion said: “Each day, peacekeepers make efforts to bring peace and stability to war-torn humanity around the globe,”. Nabeel Munir, The Acting Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, received the medals on behalf of the families of deceased peacekeepers.
The five Pakistanis peacekeepers Havildar Abdul Majeed Khan and Havildar Zishan Ahmed served with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO ): Lt-Colonel Muhammad Ashraf served with the United Nations Operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI), Naik Qaiser Abbas had his deployment with the United Nations Multidimensional Incorporated Stabilization Operation in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and Ms. Shabnam Khan served the UN in a civilian faculty with the Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Pakistan is among the biggest providers of military and police workforce to UN peacekeeper unit. It presently organizes more than 7,100 uniformed recruits to the UN peacekeeping maneuvers in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Liberia, South Sudan, Sudan and the Western Sahara.
The UN chief, who directed a second of silence to memorize their fallen comrades, conveyed his “deepest condolences and admiration” to the families and friends of the deceased peacekeepers, and expressed his “deepest sorrow and greatest gratitude” to the countries whose troops and police officers played a part in those operations. The UN chief advised that peacekeepers are continuously attacked by armed militias, spoilers and ever more by terrorists, including occurrences in Mali, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan. “But the conclusion of our maneuvers in Ivory Coast and Liberia over the coming months strike a chord with us that the involvements, investments, and sacrifices of our United Nations peacekeepers have donated to the revolution of these countries from war-torn battlegrounds to peaceful states,” he strained. “And the utmost accolade we can pay to those who have laid their lives is to recommit ourselves to carrying on with their work to bring harmony and maintain peace,” he said. “UN peacekeepers are one of the international community’s most proficient ventures to sustain peace, safety, and affluence ”. “While peacekeepers pay a tragically high price and precious lives are lost, it fetches huge returns in lives saved,” Guterres said. “And if there is anything that makes the United Nations recognized all over the globe are the Blue Helmets,” he said. “Our debt in relation to peacekeepers is something that we will never be able to repay.” UN peacekeeper operations make use of the Day to reinforce bonds with the local populaces that they have been positioned to serve. For instance by organizing sporting occasions, school and orphanage visits, art and essay competitions, photo exhibitions, neighborhood cleaning events, plantations, music concerts, and discussions and workshops on peace issues.