Seven Pakistani peacekeepers honoured with UN medals posthumously

06:04 PM | 2 Jun, 2018
Seven Pakistani peacekeepers honoured with UN medals posthumously
UNITED NATIONS -  The United Nations has honoured seven Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives while serving in the global body’s peacekeeping operations during the year 2017.

At a solemn ceremony on Friday, marking the annual International Day of Peacekeepers 128 military, police and civilian personnel from 38 countries were honoured including the one from Pakistan.

The UN awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal posthumously to the peacekeepers who sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace.

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Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, accepted the awards on behalf of the families of the seven fallen Pakistani peacekeepers namely Sepoy Hazrat Bilal, Naik Abdul Ghafoor, Naik Muhammad Ali, Sepoy Muhammad Ishtiaq Abbasi, Sepoy Tariq Javed, Naik Atta ur Rehman and Sepoy Yassir Abbas.

At the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UN Peacekeeping, the Secretary-General of UN, Antonio Guterres termed this as a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity.

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa acknowledged the efforts of Pakistani peacekeepers and assured full support for global peace.

Pakistan is a peace loving country contributing to global peace efforts, said the military head in his statement.