Pakistan is a country with a 220 million population. Due to its enormous natural resources and strategic location, it is also a pivotal state in geopolitics. The people of Pakistan are diverse in nature and opinions but one of the most diligent and resilient people. Pakistan has passed many ups and downs in its Seven Decades of history. Genetically, the People of Pakistan are peace-loving in nature and promote love and peace.
Pakistan became a member of the United Nations on 30 September 1947, just one and half months after getting independence from the British Empire. Subsequently joined all its subordinate organizations and almost all international platforms. Pakistan’s role was always to promote harmony, understanding, peace, and stability around the globe, and firmly believes in the UN Charter and abide by the UN resolutions. Pakistan believes in solutions to all disputes and differences through diplomatic and political channels under UN auspices amicably. Pakistan is against the use of force, aggression, killings, or coercion at all. Pakistan believes in the supremacy of the UN and supports strengthening the UN to perform all its prescribed functions and achieve its goals and objectives.
United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions involving Pakistan covers about 70 tasks throughout diverse parts of the world. The Pakistan Armed Forces are the third-largest contributor of troops towards UN peacekeeping efforts and have suffered 157 fatalities in total.
Pakistan joins the international community in celebrating the “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.” As one of the top troop-contributing countries, Pakistan profoundly values the vital role of “blue helmets” in maintaining security and stability in numerous conflict-ridden areas worldwide. We salute the services and sacrifices rendered by UN peacekeepers and reiterate our commitment to continue working with the United Nations to advance the collective ideals of peace, stability, and cooperation.
Pakistan is proud of its long-standing and consistent contributions to UN peacekeeping, covering over six decades. Since 1960, over 200,000 servicemen have served with honour and courage in 46 UN missions in 26 countries on almost all world continents. Our peacekeepers always have eminent and distinguished themselves in every mission where they have participated through their professionalism and dedication. One hundred and fifty-seven of our bravest peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for the cause of international peace and security.
Pakistan has also led the way in deputing female peacekeepers in record time. In 2019, Pakistan already met the 15 per cent benchmark set by the UN Secretariat in the staff/ officers category. Currently, a team of highly qualified and professional officers is serving as the first all-female group from Pakistan in a UN peacekeeping mission, deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing a range of resources to the region, including psychologists, stress counsellors, vocational training officers, gender advisors, doctors, nurses, operations officers, information officers, and logistics officers.
Our contribution to peacekeeping on the ground has been complemented by our active involvement at the level of policy formulation in various UN bodies. Pakistan brings a unique perspective to peacekeeping, not only as a top troop-contributing country but also as the host to one of the oldest peacekeeping missions in the world – the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).
Pakistan has a stated policy that it is a partner in any initiative promoting peace. It is ready to play its positive role in bringing and maintaining peace, harmony, resolving disputes and difference through poltical and diplomatic channels under the UN charter, in any part of the globe at any time. Pakistan avoids any conflict, war, or disputes with any country or nation. Pakistan does not support any country or nation in case of war against any other government or nation. Pakistan always raises its voice for peace and justice and stood with the oppressed and victims. Once again, Pakistan reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that peacekeeping remains an effective mechanism for maintaining peace, security, and stability in the world.