Staff Reporter Islamabad
The Pakistan Army on Sunday extended its best wishes to the United Nations on the organisation’s 76th anniversary.
In a tweet, Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations quoted the Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa as saying that, “[The] Pakistan Army has distinguished history of serving humanity for peace.”
Gen Bajwa maintained that sacrifices by army personnel bore testament to “our unwavering resolve for global peace in line with our Founding Father’s vision”.
Decades after the creation of the United Nations, Pakistan continues to serve on the frontline of peacekeeping missions in the most troubled regions of the world, helping the global body maintain stability and peace.
The third-largest contributor of troops, Pakistan’s efforts have been lauded by several key officials over the decades. Two of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s predecessors, Ban Ki-moon, and late Kofi Annan, both praised Pakistan Army’s role in maintaining peace in the war-torn areas around the world.
Beginning with Congo in 1960, Pakistan has deployed peacekeepers in virtually every continent.
In the 60 years that followed, the country has sent more than 200,000 troops for 46 missions in 28 different countries, consistently making it one of the top five contributors.
While Pakistan’s Blue Helmets have offered an unwavering commitment to the global peacekeeping efforts, the task has come at a high price.
Many of Pakistani peacekeepers have paid this price by sacrificing their lives to restore peace and stability to troubled regions across the world.