ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan is willing to share its counter-terrorism expertise with the United Nations.
“Pakistan has conducted successfully a thorough Operation Zarb-e-Azb – one of the largest counter-terrorism operations ever conducted. The lessons learnt and deep expertise gained by Pakistan’s armed forces and law-enforcement agencies constitute an invaluable resource available to the United Nations,” the minister expressed these views in his meeting with UN Undersecretary General for Field Services (USG- DFS) Atul Khare. He met the UN official on the sidelines of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, said a press release issued here on Wednesday.
He also informed the USG-DFS of Pakistan’s successful endeavour to increase participation of women in peacekeeping contingents.
The UN official appreciated Pakistan’s historical and ongoing contribution to UN peacekeeping, particularly the sacrifice of 140 soldiers since 1960. He commended Pakistan’s advanced logistics and training facilities for UN peacekeeping.
During the last six decades, Pakistan has sent over 180,000 troops to 45 UN missions in 28 different countries.