Pakistan offers to share counter-terrorism expertise with UN
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday expressed willingness to share the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, one of the largest counter-terrorism operations ever conducted, with the United Nations.
“Pakistan has conducted successfully through Operation Zarb-e-Azb one of the largest counter-terrorism operations ever conducted. The lessons learnt and deep expertise gained by Pakistan’s armed forces and law-enforcement agencies constitute an invaluable resource available to the United Nations.”
This was stated by Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan in his meeting with UN Undersecretary General for Field Services Atul Khare (USG- DFS), on the sidelines of the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
The minister also informed USG-DFS of Pakistan’s successful endeavor to increase participation of women in peacekeeping contingents.
UN Undersecretary General for Field Services appreciated Pakistan’s historical and ongoing contribution to UN peacekeeping, particularly the sacrifice of 140 soldiers since 1960. He commended Pakistan’s advanced logistics and training facilities for UN peacekeeping.
The defence minister will speak twice on the final day of the conference on Pakistan’s “Smart Pledges” to UN Peacekeeping operations and on “Early Warning and Deployment”, one of the principal themes of the ministerial meeting.
In the last six decades, Pakistan has sent over 180,000 troops to 45 UN missions in 28 different countries.