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Pakistani peacekeeper awarded UN medal posthumously

Pakistani peacekeeper, Sepoy Amir Aslam has been posthumously awarded the Dag Hammarskjold medal by UN on Friday.

The Pakistani peacekeeper had served the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, posthumously awarded by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a virtual ceremony held at UN headquarters in New York.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a tweet said,  “As @UN commemorates  #PKDay, services of Sepoy Amir Aslam from Kotli, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Pakistan acknowledged with posthumous award of Dag Hammarskjold medal by @antonioguterres in virtual ceremony being held @UNHQ today. Soldier was serving in #MONUSCO”.

Pakistan has a long history with UN peacekeeping, having been one of the largest contributors of troops and police for decades.

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Pakistani women and men currently serve in seven UN operations, with the vast majority of them deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Darfur region of Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR).

In January the first ever Pakistani Female Engagement team in any UN mission around the world received UN medals for serving in the Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

The first UN peacekeeping mission was established on 29 May 1948, when the Security Council authorised the deployment of a small number of UN military observers to the Middle East to form the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

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