According to the most recent press statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistani peacekeeper Havaldar Muhammad Shafiq, who is serving with the United Nations (UN) Mission in the Central African Republic, has chosen martyrdom (ISPR). 

As of February 20, 2021, Havaldar Shafiq was a member of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan. In addition, the ISPR said that “he was a courageous and committed member of the Pakistan contingent who worked tirelessly to ensure the security of people in the Central African Republic and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian goods.” 

The soldier was laid to rest at his hometown of Mian Channu, with full military honours accorded to him. His wife and three boys will take care of their father’s affairs. 

In September, another Pakistan Army man, Lance Naik Adil Jan, accepted martyrdom while serving with the United Nations Mission in Darfur, Sudan, according to his family. 

‘Lance Naik Adil Jan, FC Balochistan, age 38 years, residence of Lakki Marwat,’ according to the military’s media wing, was a member of the United Nations mission in Darfur, which is tasked for “protecting people and enabling humanitarian assistance,” the military said.   

Until this day, 162 Pakistani soldiers have lost their lives while serving in various international peacekeeping operations.     

During the previous six decades, Pakistan has been one of the biggest contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, with the nation having sent over 2 lakh Jawans to UN peacekeeping operations to this point in time.  

Pakistani men and women, many of whom are dressed in blue helmets and caps, are in the vanguard of United Nations peacekeeping operations across the globe. Pakistan’s female military soldiers have made their presence known in United Nations peacekeeping operations across the globe on several times, assisting humanity, promoting peace, and bringing stability to various places. 

It was Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s vision that inspired Pakistan’s commitment to the United Nations in the pursuit of world peace and prosperity. According to reports, Pakistan’s involvement in peacekeeping missions started in 1960, when it sent its first troop to the United Nations mission in Congo. The United States has been the most major and constant donor to UN peacekeeping efforts across the globe for the last 59 years, according to the United Nations.

By News Desk

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