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NEW YORK: The United Nations General Assembly President, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, on Tuesday evening saluted Pakistani military, police and civilian personnel serving as UN peacekeepers in some of the hot spots around the world.
The 193-member assembly president commended Pakistan's contribution to international peace and security at a simple 'Pakistan Peacekeepers' Day' ceremony held to commemorate the martyrdom of 24 Pakistani peacekeepers in Mogadishu, Somalia, 19 years ago.
Noting that Pakistan has more that 9,000 peacekeepers deployed in UN Peacekeeping operations in various parts of the world, Al-Nasser, a Qatari diplomat, said it reflected their commitment to peace and security as well as their support to the United Nations.
The simple ceremony, held at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations, was attended by a large numbers of ambassadors, senior UN officials as well as peacekeepers from around the world.
Earlier, Pakistan UN Ambassador, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, told the gathering that his country had lost 130 peacekeeping over the last 50 years -- the highest number of fatalities suffered by any state. "I'm proud to say that the tragedies and operational challenges do not deter Pakistan from contributing to UN peacekeeping endeavours." "As a highly skilled and professional military," he added, "we rightly pride with providing excellence in the field.
Such excellence was demonstrated last month in Congo, where Pakistani contingent suffered casualties but showed remarkable restraint in controlling a violent mob. Lack of training or trigger-happy attitude could have led to catastrophe..." Pakistan is one the largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions around the world.