RAWALPINDI: United Nations awarded a medal to a Pakistani soldier posthumously awarded for his peacekeeping services rendered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations ISPR, Amir Aslam was to be conferred the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, a posthumous award which is given by the UN to officers or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
ISPR further said Aslam was a resident of Kotli in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and was serving in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in the Congo. He was awarded the medal by the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres in a virtual ceremony held at the New York headquarters to mark Peacekeepers Day.
As @UN commemorates Peacekeepers Day, 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 at UNHQ today. Soldier was serving in MONUSCO.#PKDay pic.twitter.com/8y3VI1xVvD
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 29, 2020
The UN has appreciated Pakistani peacekeepers’ role in rescuing more than 2,000 people stranded due to heavy floods which hit the Uvira region of South Kivu in the Congo in April.
While sharing an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) video on rescue and relief efforts by the Pakistani peacekeepers in saving hundreds of lives in Congo, the UN spokesperson said that the country is among the top contributors in the UN peacekeeping operations around the world.
“Watch how Pakistani peacekeepers from @MONUSCO helped save hundreds of lives during the deadly floods in the #DRCongo,” read the tweet.
Pakistan is among the top contributors to @UNPeacekeeping
— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) April 30, 2020