Time to Laud Pakistan’s Remarkable Contributions Towards the United Nations
Pakistan knows the value of cooperation and common good. Right after her inception, Pakistan sought out the way of joining the international organizations to be a partner in global peace and cooperation. The United Nations is an international organization, whose aim is to ensure international cooperation, global peace and universal human rights. Pakistan became its member on 30th September 1947, and from that day up till now, she’s been an active member of the United Nations. Since her joining of the UN, Pakistan has actively participated in all the international peace maintaining endeavors. From sending her troops for UN peace keeping missions to raising the plight of the victims of human rights abuse; Pakistan has always tried to avail every possible opportunity for establishing peace in the world, to bridge the gap among the nations and to make this planet Earth a better living place.
Since 1960, Pakistan has participated in 46 UN peace keeping missions. More than 200,000 Pakistani troops have served in 28 countries under the umbrella projects of UN pertaining to peace keeping. Pakistan is among the top contributors of troops to UN peace keeping missions. She has always been among the top countries to have responded immediately to the call of UN and her troops have been deployed to many countries from Europe to Africa. Currently, up to 7000 military personnel of Pakistan have been deployed in 9 of the 14 ongoing UN missions, which makes Pakistan the third largest source of peace keepers in the world. Prof Tughral Yamin, who teaches peacekeeping as a subject -and has written a book titled ‘UN Peacekeeping Operations in Somalia 1992-1995: A Pakistani Perspective’- stated, “Participation in UN peacekeeping operations is now a tenet of Pakistan’s foreign policy. It takes its inspiration from the policy statement of the founder of the nation that Pakistan wants peace with all nations of the world. Participation in a peacekeeping mission is also a soft way of portraying the country’s image as a responsible member state of the UN.”
Pakistan’s past and present trajectory stands testament to the fact that Pakistan has always contributed positively towards the cause of the United Nations and has always stood by the very organization to ensure global peace but sadly, she has never gotten her due.
Furthermore, unlike India Pakistan has always given value and legitimacy to the UN resolutions in the context of Kashmir issue. India illegally annexed IOK; in response to it Pakistan approached the UN forum to lodge her protest in a peaceful and legal way. It’s been decades Pakistan has been approaching the UN to carve out a solution for Kashmir.
Moreover, Pakistan has always valued the UN as an institution working for the global peace. Pakistan has sought UN as a forum to resolve the outstanding issues among the nation, thus ensuring multilateral cooperation. In September 2019, Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan delivered an exclusive and detailed speech on the international plight of Muslims and presented the case in front of the UN in the United Nations General Assembly. From raising the international concerns pertaining to global warming to talking about money laundering and from highlighting the causes of Islamophobia to unveiling the gruesome situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, PM khan discussed a few of the many issues threatening world peace. While talking about the global warming he mentioned the efforts Pakistan has put to deal with it. He stated, “In KP, a province of Pakistan, we planted a billion trees in 5 years. Now we are targeting 10 billion trees. But one country cannot do anything. This has to be a combined effort of the world.” During his speech, he emphasized Pakistan’s effort for international community and highlighted the fact that Pakistan has not only performed well but most of the times she has outshined the rest of the countries. His words clearly gave the message that Pakistan has always been a responsible member of the UN and will remain to do so. Pakistan’s past and present trajectory stands testament to the fact that Pakistan has always contributed positively towards the cause of the United Nations and has always stood by the very organization to ensure global peace but sadly, she has never gotten her due.