NEW YORK (Staff Report) – Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that Pakistan has played an active and constructive role in addressing vital global issues of peace and security, development and climate change.

Speaking at a Pakistani students’ forum at Harvard University, she said Pakistan’s leading contribution to UN peacekeeping missions is universally acknowledged. Our troops have served in 41 Missions in 23 countries.

She said a military solution to the conflict within Afghanistan has proved elusive and there is now a firm international consensus that a political solution is the only viable way to bring peace to Afghanistan.

The Ambassador said Islamabad played a key role in the decision reached by Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States to create a Quadrilateral Coordination Group to provide decisive impetus to Afghanistan’s peace efforts.