China Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted a webinar on May 29, 2020 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of UN peacekeeping. Lt Gen Hilal Hussain (Retd), Former Advisor to Permanent Representative to UN was the chief guest at the occasion. Mr. Farrukh Iqbal Khan, DG UN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad; Dr. Tughral Yamin, Associate Dean, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, NUST and Maj Gen Samrez Salik (Retd) former DG ISSRA were invited to deliver their remarks while Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, Inspector General of National Highways & Motorway Police was the keynote speaker. Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, also shared his views on UN peacekeeping and Pakistan’s commitment towards peace building.
Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director CPSC, in his introductory remarks said that the dedication and courage demonstrated by UN peacekeepers over the decades has played a critical role in strengthening peace across the world. Many professional soldiers, men and women serving under the UN lost their lives for the cause of peace and today is the day that we honor their memories. Pakistan has a long history with UN peacekeeping, having been one of the largest contributors of troops and police for decades. The country has lost more than 150 peacekeepers throughout its history in UN peacekeeping. Dr. Shabbir said that besides commemorating the UN peacekeeping day, the aim of this event is to understand the significance of peacekeeping contributions and how can Pakistan consolidate on what it achieved by making supreme sacrifices and contributions during peacekeeping missions across the world.