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Despite challenges, our commitment to UN peacekeeping remains ‘firm’, assures Sharif

New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today guaranteed that despite the challenges his government is facing over peacekeeping, his commitment to the United Nation’s programme was firm and also pledged a troop of infantry battalion for the UN Peacekeeping mission.

Sharif began his address at the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping by acknowledging the gathering of the world leaders present, saying it shows their commitment and also praised the UN peacekeepers.

“Pakistan has been fully engaged with high-level panel, has consistently figured among the top contributors of troops for the UN mission and we have always supported reforming and strengthening of the peacekeeping force. Our professional well-trained peacekeepers have never shied away from a task and will continue to provide our best personnel to UN,” Sharif said.

He added that Pakistan considered modern technology an important component to the mission which is why his government is committing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle surveillance for peacekeeping.

“There is a need for mobilization of resources and the UN reports have discussed at length the challenges faced by modern peacekeeping for which Pakistan has formalized a peacekeeping regimen. Let me conclude by saying despite challenges, our commitment is strong,” Sharif said.

Sharif had on Sunday raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and called for holding of plebiscite in the state.

According to the Pakistan mission, Sharif urged the Secretary-General to play a role in defusing tensions between Pakistan and India and to help end alleged violations at the Line of Control (LoC).(ANI)