Pakistan’s lengthy journey in conserving peace


Decades after the creation of the United Nations, Pakistan continues to serve on the frontline of peacekeeping missions in essentially the most troubled areas of the world, serving to the worldwide physique preserve stability and peace.

The third-largest contributor of troops, Pakistan’s efforts have been lauded by a number of key officers over the many years. Two of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s predecessors, Ban Ki-moon, and the late Kofi Annan, each praised Pakistan Army’s function in sustaining peace within the war-torn areas around the globe.

Two many years in the past, whereas on a go to to Islamabad, former secretary-general Annan stated he was visiting to supply his respect and to salute Pakistan for its outstanding help.  “Pakistan has supported the aims of the United Nations throughout our history.  Thanks to the thousands of Pakistani soldiers who have served under the United Nations flag, and to the many distinguished Pakistani scholars, economists, and international civil servants who have advanced our work for development and peace, Pakistan can truly call itself a leader in the work of the international community,” stated Annan.

Acknowledging Pakistan’s navy’s function in peacekeeping missions again then, Annan stated: “soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of 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.  But one lesson of the past 50 years is that solutions to the challenges of our time begin at home.”

Beginning with Congo in 1960, Pakistan has deployed peacekeepers in nearly each continent. In the 60 years that adopted, the nation has despatched greater than 200,000 troops for 46 missions in 28 totally different international locations, constantly making it one of many prime 5 contributors.

While Pakistan’s Blue Helmets have supplied an unwavering dedication to the worldwide peacekeeping efforts, the duty has come at a excessive worth. Many of Pakistani peacekeepers have paid this worth by sacrificing their lives to revive peace and stability to distressed areas the world over.

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While visiting Islamabad eight years in the past, then UN chief Ban Ki-moon stated he was ‘overwhelmed with gratitude for its function in aiding worldwide peace and safety.

“More than 100 countries contribute troops and police for United Nations peacekeeping missions. Pakistan is number one,” he stated on the time. “It is impossible to speak about the history of United Nations peacekeeping without highlighting such contributions of Pakistan. I thank you very much,” stated the previous UN chief.  Other leaders, together with UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi additionally praised Pakistan for its peacekeeping function in Haiti.

Going again additional in historical past, Indonesia’s first president Sukarno and former Chinese premier Chou En Lai additionally regarded again on Pakistan’s peacekeeping function with appreciation. “It was because of Pakistani troops that Indonesia and Pakistan came close together, they were Pakistan’s best ambassadors,” stated former president Sukarno.

“The only example in UN history, when a UN military force had gone in, performed its role honestly and came out was Pakistan’s Military contingent in Indonesia,” the Chinese premier remarked.

Not too way back, Major General Thomas M Montgomery, who served because the Deputy Commander of the UN Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II) additionally praised Pakistan Army’s function in sustaining peace.  “The fact is that many soldiers are alive today because of the willingness and skill of Pakistani soldiers working together with our troops in the most dangerous and difficult combat circumstances … We are very proud to serve at their side,” Montgomery stated in a letter addressed to then-chief of Pakistan Army General Abdul Waheed.