Pakistan Army’s soldier Havaldar Muhammad Shafiq embraced Shahadat while serving in Central African Republic (CAR) on United Nations peacekeeping mission, Pak army’s media wing, ISPR, said in a statement released on Dec. 2.
“He was a brave and dedicated member of the Pakistan contingent ensuring the protection of civilians in the CAR and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance,” said the ISPR, adding that Havaldar Shafiq joined the UN mission in February 2021 as a devoted peacekeeper from Pak Army.
The soldier’s funeral prayer was held in his hometown in Mian Channu, Khanewal, and full military honors were provided at the burial. The departed one is survived by a wife and three sons, told ISPR.
So far, more than 160 Pakistan Army soldiers have laid down their lives while serving the UN’s global mission for international peace and stability.
Lance Naik Adil Jan was martyred in September while on duty during a peacekeeping mission in Sudan. He was part of the UN mission in Darfur responsible for the protection of civilians and facilitating humanitarian assistance in the district. Earlier in February, Lance Naik Tahir Ikram embraced shahadat in Sudan when his truck had an accident in the South Darfur region.
Unrest in CAR
Central African Republic, the second least developed country in the world according to UN rankings, was plunged into a bloody civil war after a coup in 2013. The conflict has calmed over the past three years, although large swathes of territory remain outside central government control.
Pakistan’s role in the UN’s Peacekeeping Mission:
Pakistan has risen to assume the role of one of the largest sponsors of peacekeeping troops in this multi-national force that assists in global peace and stability by offering specialized military services.
In the UN’s peacekeeping mission, Pakistan is ranked as the fourth largest Troop Contributing Country (TCC) in the world and is the second-largest contributor in terms of its military deployment. Moreover, Pakistan is the sixth largest police contributor in the world. It has also sent its paramilitary workforce for international policing duties.
Pakistan has thus far participated in 43 missions in more than 26 countries around the world with a contribution of over 1,72,000 uniformed personnel. Currently, it is involved in seven missions with a contribution of 5,081 personnel.