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Honor for Pakistan as Punjab IGP appointed UN police adviser

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the UN regular noon briefing that Shahkar, who was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, brings to the position more than 30 years of national and international experience.

Faisal Shahkar, a top Pakistani police officer, has been appointed as the Police Adviser in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DPO), a UN spokesman announced Monday.

Shahkar succeeds Luis Carrilho of Portugal who recently completed his assignment.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the UN regular noon briefing that Shahkar, who was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, brings to the position more than 30 years of national and international experience.

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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari termed the appointment of Inspector General Shahkar an honor of the country.

“Another honor for Pakistan in UN Peacekeeping — IG Faisal Shahkar appointed UN Police Adviser. Great distinction-manifestation of Pakistan’s role in the maintenance of international peace and security,” tweeted Bilawal.

IGP Shahkar’s experience with the United Nations

He currently serves as Inspector General of Police in Pakistan. He has also served in several senior positions with the Pakistan Police, including as an Additional Inspector of Police in Punjab (2015-2018), as well as Regional Police Chief (2014-15).

IGP Shahkar has more than nine years of experience with the United Nations at Headquarters and the field where he most recently served as Team Leader within the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (2020-2021). He further served with the Department of Peace Operations’ Police Division, backstopping field operations (2011-2013 and 2005-2008), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (2004-2005), and the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) (2000-2002).

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Shahkar is a graduate of the University of London, United Kingdom with a master’s degree in law (L.L.M). He also holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. He is fluent in English and Urdu.

Courtesy: APP with additional input by GVS