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Rawalpindi: A photo exhibition “Sprit of Peace” to commemorate 50 years of Pakistan’s contribution to UN peacekeeping mission is being organized at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Islamabad. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on 28 July 2011 and will remain open for general public from 29-31 July 2011.

The inauguration ceremony will also be attended by representatives of Armed Forces, Civil Armed Force, Police, Diplomats, ex Pakistani officials of senior appointments in UN Peacekeeping Missions besides UN officials, media personnel, injured soldiers, next of kin of UN Shuhada and youth from Balochistan and FATA. United Nations Peacekeeping Department is sending a special representative from New York to attend the exhibition. Pakistan permanent Envoy to United Nations Mr Abdullah Hussain Haroon will also be present on the occasion.

A similar kind of photo exhibition was arranged by Pakistan Mission to the UN at UN Headquarters, New York in April this year. The UN Secretary General Mr. Bani-Ki-moon, Chief Guest on the occasion, greatly appreciated Pakistan’s significant contributions to UN Peacekeeping Missions across the world, adding that this had brought credibility to the world body.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan has been at the forefront of United Nations efforts to maintain international peace and security by contributing significantly to UN Peacekeeping. Pakistan has hitherto participated in 41 UN Peacekeeping Missions and has been part of some of the most challenging international conflicts. Since 2006 Pakistan remains the largest troop contributing country with over 10,623 personnel presently deployed in eight peacekeeping missions.

This constitutes approximately 11% of the total UN peacekeeping deployment. Till to date, 126 Pakistani peacekeepers have sacrificed their lives out of over 130,000 soldiers deployed so far for the noble cause of helping humanity, building peace and bringing stability across the regions under the banner of United Nations with almost an equal number of Pakistani peacekeepers wounded over five decades during peacekeeping assignments. Pakistan Army understands the cost of peace and is always prepared for any sacrifice for the sake of national as well as international peace and security.

For more information, contact:
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 927 1605
Fax: +9251 927 1601
Email: ispr@ispr.gov.pk

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