New York (June 02, 2018): The United Nations at a solemn ceremony has honoured 128 military, police and civilian personnel from 38 countries, including seven Pakistanis, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations during 2017.
Friday’s ceremony marked the annual International Day of Peacekeepers during which the Dag Hammarskjold Medal was awarded posthumously to the peacekeepers who have given their lives for the cause of peace, during the preceding year.
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This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UN Peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship enterprise described by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity.”Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, accepted the awards on behalf of the families of the seven fallen Pakistani peacekeepers.
United Nations (UN) commemorated International UN Peacekeepers Day. Sacrifices of seven Pakistani peacekeepers acknowledged by posthumously awarding them Dag Hammarskjöld medals.
“Pakistan is a peace loving country contributing to global peace efforts”, COAS. pic.twitter.com/3T7exYdTwX
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) June 1, 2018
The ISPR says sacrifices of seven Pakistani peacekeepers were acknowledged posthumously by awarding them Dag Hammarskjöld medals.Pakistan is one of largest contributors of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping. It currently contributes nearly 6,000 military and police personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.