Pakistani peacekeeper dies in crash in Sudan – Pakistan

WASHINGTON: Pakistani soldier Lance Naik Tahir Ikram died in Sudan on Saturday when his truck crashed in the South Darfur region, the Pakistani United Nations mission said.

Tahir Ikram was associated with the United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and was driving a mission truck when he had the accident. He was a member of the UNAMID Formed Police Unit.

The statement released by the Pakistani UN mission did not specify how the accident happened and whether other people were also involved in the incident.

“My sincere and sincere condolences to the family of Lance Naik Tahir Ikram on the tragic death of a valuable member of the international peacekeeping police,” Pakistan Ambassador to the UN Munir Akram said in a message published in New York.

“His services will be remembered. His dedication in the performance of his duties goes beyond the call of duty. We are infinitely indebted to him, ”he added.

Pakistan is one of the oldest and largest contributors to UN peacekeeping and also has a health personnel unit in Darfur.

Pakistan’s first UN peacekeeping mission began in 1960 in the Congo and so far more than 200,000 Pakistani troops have participated in 60 missions in 28 countries. Pakistan still has more than 7,000 personnel deployed to nine countries as part of 14 ongoing United Nations missions.

During its long association with UN peacekeeping missions, Pakistan has lost 157 staff and 24 officers – martyred in their efforts to restore peace and stability to some of the most turbulent regions. of the world.

Posted in Dawn, February 21, 2021

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