The United Nations (UN) has honored 129 military, police and civilian personnel from 44 countries, including two Pakistani peacekeepers, who died in peacekeeping operations in the year 2020.

The online ceremony was hosted by Secretary General António Guterres, at the annual occasion of the International Day of the UN Peacekeeping Force, where UN awarded posthumous medals to the peacekeepers who made their sacrifice in the name of peace.

Ambassador Munir Akram, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, received the award on behalf of the families of the Pakistani peacekeeping force’s victims – Sepoy Muhammad Azhar Aziz, who served with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and Imtiaz Hussein in civilian capacity in the Organization’s Multidisciplinary Integrated Mission United Nations Organization for Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Ambassador Munir Akram at the occasion said:

It is a great honor and pride for me to receive these awards on behalf of the two Pakistani peacekeepers who died serving in the UN in 2020. With their sacrifice, the late Imtiaz Hussein and Sepa Azhar Aziz upheld a long tradition of honor, courage and determination in Pakistani peacekeepers. Their contribution also demonstrates Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to international peace and stability. We salute the brave sons of Pakistan and promise to preserve their legacy.

Pakistan is the sixth largest contributor of military personnel to UN peacekeeping operations and has currently stationed over 4,700 military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping operations in various locations including Abyei, Central African Republic, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Western Sahara.

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