Pakistan’s Major Samia Rehman received the United Nations Special Representative for Secretary-General Certificate 2019. MONUSCO Force Acting Commander, General Thierry Lion, presented Samia Rehman the award in recognition of her services.
It is reported that Pakistan has been the largest contributor to United Nations Peacekeeping missions since the last six decades, particularly Pakistan’s female army personnel that stands tall at the UN mission, serving humanity effortlessly.
Pakistan has so far contributed 2 lac Jawans in 46 UN peace missions. Pakistani women and men peacekeepers have actively been participating in multi-national efforts to maintain peace and order around the globe since 1960. Pakistan had deployed its first contingent in Congo.
Pakistan successively reached the goal of beefing up the deployment of female military and staff officers in UN peacekeeping missions deploying by 15 percent earlier this year.
Earlier, a picture of Major Fozia Parveen, a Pakistani military officer, serving the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus garnered attention on social media. Pakistan’s former Permanent Ambassador to UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, posted her picture on social media. Major Parveen was clicked patrolling the buffer area in Cyprus with a wireless set in hand a blue helmet on the head.
The picture pinged across social media with bringing to spotlight the increases participation of Pakistan’s female military personnel in the United Nations.
Pakistan, however, has paid a price for its contribution to the peacekeeping missions. It records the highest number of peacekeeper’s casualties.
Naek Muhammad Naeem Raza, the slain Pakistani peacekeeper was awarded the Dag Hammarskjold Medal posthumously in New York. Naek Muhammad Naeem Reza was shot dead by the armed group in the Republic of Congo last year in 2018.
He embraced martyrdom when a Pakistani peacekeeping convoy was attacked by a group of armed rebels near Lulimba, 96-Km South-West of Baraka, South Kivu Province. While Raza lost his life in the exchange of fire, Bilal, a Sepoy, was injured. The medal is named after the Senegalese peacekeeper who was killed in Rwanda in 1994, in his efforts of saving countless civilian lives.