Bukavu, 25 April 2011 - Pakistani peacekeepers of MONUSCO South Kivu Brigade on Monday, 25th April 2011 celebrated Pakistan army’s 50 years of participation in United Nations peacekeeping, and 10 years of contribution to the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Among the notables attending the ceremony were commanders of the South Kivu Brigade, commanders of the various contingents of MONUSCO in the province, and military leaders of the Congolese national army (FARDC) and police (PNC).
The head ad interim of MONUSCO’s South Kivu office, Mr. Cherno Jallow, in his speech on this occasion commended the Pakistani Army for its commitment to the struggle for peace in the world. "Pakistan will never be found lacking in extending its material and moral support to the oppressed and suppressed peoples of the world…, “he said.
The ceremony was highlighted with Pakistani songs and Congolese cultural dances performed by pupils from the local Jinnah and Adora public schools.
Pakistan has 3,500 troops, deployed in South Kivu, who have been supporting the FARDC by providing military training and conducting activities in support of the protection of civilians. These peacekeepers also provide protection and security for United Nations personnel and equipment.
Pakistan is one of the largest contributors of UN peacekeeping forces, with more than 11000 troops, 129 military observers, and 63 civilians serving in more than seven peacekeeping missions around the world.