SRSG Honors 19 Pakistani Peacekeepers

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Nineteen Pakistani peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) have been honored by the head of UNMIL, Madam Karin Landgren.

The Pakistanis were honored for their immense contributions to the realization of peace and many other services rendered the people of Liberia.

Madam Landgren is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Liberia.

The 19 members of the Pakistani peacekeeping contingent were honored over the weekend at their base near Hotel Africa in recognition of their outstanding work in Liberia.

Madam Landgren said, “I would like to commend the Pakistani Contingent Commander Brig Gen.Tahir Mahmood Wafai, for his leadership that has enabled his officers to give their best to the cause of peace and stability in Liberia.  I also express my deepest gratitude to our Pakistani peacekeepers for your contribution to peace and stability in Liberia over the past 10 years.”

The honoring program also marked the departure of the PAKBATT-19 contingent, after serving diligently in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties.

Madam Landgren made special mention of seven female health practitioners (two medical doctors and 5 nursing officers) serving with the Pakistani Medical Team in Harper.

“You have played a vital role in treating local patients, especially women; and I look forward to seeing more women with the Pakistani contingent, in all aspects of peacekeeping,” Madam Landgren added.

The SRSG also paid tribute to her colleagues that lost their lives while serving the United Nations Mission in Liberia.

“I wish to pay tribute to our colleague from Pakbatt-19, Maj. Kamran Khalil, who passed away last August while serving the United Nations Mission in Liberia; may his soul rest in peace. I would also like to pay my respects to all the 21 Pakistani soldiers who have lost their lives while in service in Liberia.  We will remember them.”

In response the Pakistanis Contingent Commander, Brig Gen.Tahir Mahmood Wafai,  thanked Madam Landgren and the Government of Liberia for their cooperation.

He said it was the objective of Pakistanis to stand up for peace in the world.

He said the Pakistanis’ work with the Liberian Government allows citizens to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with neighbors and the world at large.

He promised that his country would continue to work with the Government of Liberia in restoring peace and stability to Liberia.

When the Daily Observer interviewed Hira Khan, the Pakistani Director General for Medical Services, she said her contingents’ being in Liberia has been rewarding to them and the people of Liberia.

“I feel good being in Liberia and working for the people of this wonderful nation. I have found them to be loving people who are willing to learn from us and we have learned from them as well. Liberia is a country blessed with vast natural resources and resilient citizens; these facts are proof that Liberia will eventually become great,” she asserted.

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