Rawalpindi - March 26, 2011:
AWARD OF UN MEDALS TO PAKISTANI PEACEKEEPERS IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
A ceremony for award of UN Medals to Pakistani peacekeepers serving in United Nations Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) was held at Bukavu in South Kivu province.
Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) Mr. Roger A Meece, Force Commander, Lieutenant General Chander Prakash, Deputy Force Commander Major General Andrian J. Foster, Honorary Counsel General of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Aslam Pyarali Rawji and Heads and Staff of various UN Agencies and notables of South Kivu Province attended the UN Medal Award Parade.
SRSG Mr. Roger A Mecce greatly appreciated the Pakistani Contingent for their unwavering commitment to the cause of peace and awarded UN Medals to 3500 Pakistani Peace- keepers. He dwelt at length at the important contributions made by the Pakistani Peacekeepers, undertaking diverse tasks in DR Congo ranging from military operations to winning hearts and minds of the local Congolese.
He acknowledged the exceptional contribution of Pakistani troops in crisis management and helping Provincial Government and UN Agencies on various occasions. He commented that results of dedication and commitment of Pakistani Peace Keepers in DRC have been impressive and makes MONUSCO proud of them.
Force Commander MONUSCO Lieutenant General Chander Prakash appreciated contributions of Pakistani Contingent in maintaining peace in South Kivu Province. He said that, contributions of Pakistani Contingent to MONUSCO have been exceptional. The Force Commander admired the discipline and conduct displayed by the Pakistani soldiers in the mission and prompt response of Quick Reaction Forces of Pakistani Battalions at the time of emergency. He commended the compassion shown by Pakistani Peace Keepers towards protection of civilians, provision of assistance to schools, youth organisations, orphanages and stabilization projects. He added that the work of Pakistani Peacekeeper would leave an everlasting impression in the minds of the people of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Later, the SRSG and Force Commander pinned UN Medals to Pakistani Peacekeepers. The SRSG also awarded Force Commander’s Certificates of Commendation to Pakistani Officers and Soldiers who displayed excellent performance in different operations and emergencies for saving precious lives of locals.
Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) Mr. Roger A Meece, Force Commander pinning the UN Medals to Pakistani Peacekeepers during Medal Award Ceremony held at Bukavu in South Kivu Province. (26-3-2011) – Photo ISPR