The United Nations (UN) has acknowledged an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) video on rescue and relief efforts by Pakistani peacekeepers in saving hundreds of lives in Congo. A spokesperson of the world body said Pakistani peacekeepers helped save hundreds of lives during deadly floods in the country.
Pakistan is among the top contributors to @UNPeacekeeping
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) April 30, 2020
Initially, ISPR highlighted the efforts by Pakistani peacekeepers who helped many in the flood-affected areas in Congo. The UN later also recognized ISPR’s video, hailing Pakistan as one of the top contributors in peacekeeping.
Pakistani Peacekeepers rescued more than 2,000 people stranded due to heavy floods in Congo. Rains and flooding damaged thousands of houses, affecting some 75,000 people in the region.
According to the ISPR, Pakistani Blue Helmets – which serve the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo – immediately rushed to the affected areas for rescue and relief of the local Congolese populace.
“Pakistani Peacekeepers’ rescue efforts have been widely acknowledged by locals as well as UN authorities. Being one of the largest troops contributing country, Pakistan has more than 4,000 Blue Helmets serving under UN for maintaining peace and stability,” read the statement.
Torrential floods erupted in Uvira and the surroundings in Congo last week, which continued for days.
More than 4000 Pakistani peacekeepers are working under the UN across the globe to help humanity. Also, Pakistan has a long history of sending its troops to various UN peacekeeping missions. We are also been recognized as one of the largest contributors to troops and police for decades.
According to the UN, Pakistani troops are currently serving in seven UN operations, with the vast majority of them deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Darfur region of Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
Pakistani women are also part of the UN’s peacekeeping mission. A few months back, UN awarded Pakistani women with certificates for their contribution in peacekeeping activities in Congo.
Also, a female commando Gul Nisa from KPK recently joined the UN peacekeeping force. Gul Nisa belongs to a remote region, Tank. She is trained as a commando to carry out missions in Pakistan. Moreover, she has been serving the KPK police force for five years now.
Peacekeeping, as defined by the UN, is the practice of helping countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace. UN peacekeepers are usually military officers and regular troops alongside civilian personnel from many countries. They monitor and observe peace processes that emerge in regions post-war and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they have signed.
Pakistan’s contributions have consisted mainly of regular military personnel, but also include paramilitary troops and civilian police officers as peacekeepers.
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