Multilateralism, UN best means to address current challenges: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Monday said Pakistan’s long standing commitment to the UN peacekeeping was part of its foreign policy.

“We consider multilateralism and the United Nations as the best means of addressing the challenges of today,” he said talking to Herve Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, who met him here.

The minister said Pakistan attached utmost importance to the basic principles of peacekeeping and would continue to strengthen the consensus around these principles in order to ensure continued success of UN peacekeeping, said a press release..

Chaudhry Nisar said Pakistan was currently the top military and police troops contributor to UN peacekeeping missions with more than 8,000 personnel deployed in seven missions.

As a leading troop contributor, Pakistan has a significant stake in the success of UN Peacekeeping, he said.

He said the security forces of Pakistan had played a vital role in UN peacekeeping efforts all over the world and “we will continue to meet our obligations as far as possible.”

He said the experience gained by Pakistani personnel by working in the UN had served them in good stead and they were better able to handle diverse and difficult conflict and post-conflict situations after coming back.

Ladsous lauded Pakistan’s long and solid contribution to the UN peacekeeping. He said more than 150,000 Pakistani military and police personnel had served in the UN peacekeeping assignments during the last five decades and had always been found disciplined and competent in combating organized crime and corruption.

He also requested the minister for looking into the possibility of sending Pakistani women police personnel to UN peacekeeping Missions.

Chaudhry Nisar said, “Right now we are having problems at home and it will not be possible to spare the police personnel for UN assignments, but the policy will be revised as soon as situation improves.”

He, however, said the presence of military and civil armed forces at the UN peacekeeping missions would be maintained at the previous level.

Source: APP