LAHORE - A batch of at least 233 Pakistan Army troops arrived in the provincial capital here on Wednesday after performing peacekeeping duties in Ivory Coast under the aegis of the United Nations Support Mission.
Brig Abdur Rehman Raza Khan received the troops at Allama Iqbal International Airport. The Pak Army contingent has been discharging its duties as part of the United Nations operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since 2004.
The contingent comprises sector headquarters, infantry battalion and transport as well as engineering companies. Since then they have been working for peace and stability in the form of maintaining law and order and providing humanitarian assistance.
The Pakistani contingent played a pivotal role in peaceful presidential elections of November 2010 in its area of responsibility and ensured peaceful environment during the past election period despite violence elsewhere.
Total number of Pakistani peacekeepers who participated in the United Nation Mission in Ivory Coast is 8,253. Pak Army troops have been rendering peacekeeping services for the last 52 years under the United Nations Support Mission from Latin America to Africa and from Europe to Asia.