Highlighting Pakistan’s strive for peace and contribution of its security forces, a UN statement said that Pakistan is one of the longest serving and largest contributor of UN missions and is a part of an ongoing mission in Central Africa. The ongoing UN mission in Central Africa is titled as” MINUSCA”.
More than 7000 Pakistani UN personnel are currently deployed in 14 ongoing UN missions in nine states. More than 200,000 Pakistani troops have participated in 60 UN missions in 28 states since its first mission in Congo in 1960. Pakistan has also accomplished the UN goal of deploying 15 percent women in the UN peacekeeping forces, as 450 Pakistani women have till to date served in these missions across the globe.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his visit to Pakistan in 2020 admired the contribution of Pakistani women in UN peacekeeping missions. He said that “Pakistan is a leader in championing women peacekeepers and an example for other troop contributors”. Pakistan also lost 24 officers and 157 personnel in these UN missions as they were martyred in their efforts to establish peace and stability in most volatile areas around the globe.