ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a meeting with Under Secretary General of UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations has rejected a request to send more Pakistani police personnel for UN peacekeeping missions.

Herve Ladsous, Under Secretary General of UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, met with the interior minister here on Monday to discuss a number of issues including sending of Pakistani police personnel to UN peacekeeping missions.

The Interior Ministry after incumbent interior minister took charge of his office last year, had formed a new policy regarding sending of police personnel to UN missions abroad. Under the policy, police personnel would not be dispatched to UN peace missions keeping in view the volatile law and order situation of the country. According to an official handout issued by the Ministry of Interior, the UN official, in the meeting, requested the minister for looking into the possibility of sending Pakistani women police personnel to UN peacekeeping missions.

“Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that right now we are having problems at home and it would not be possible to spare the police personnel for UN assignments but the policy will be revised as soon as the situation improves,” said the statement of the ministry. The minister, however, said that the government’s policy regarding dispatching of military and civil armed forces to UN peacekeeping missions would continue and their presence at such missions would be maintained at the previous level.

In the meeting, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan’s longstanding commitment to UN peacekeeping was part of their foreign policy as they considered multi-lateralism and the United Nations as the best means of addressing the challenges of today.

The minister said that Pakistan attached utmost importance to the basic principles of peacekeeping and would continue to strengthen the consensus around these principles in order to ensure continued success of UN peacekeeping.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Pakistan was currently the top military and police troops contributor to UN peacekeeping missions with more than 8000 personnel deployed in seven missions. As a leading troop contributor, Pakistan has a significant stake in the success of UN peacekeeping, he said.

He said the security forces of Pakistan had played a vital role in UN peacekeeping efforts all over the world and they would continue to meet their obligations as far as possible.

He said the experience gained by Pakistani personnel by working in the UN had served them in a better way and they were better able to handle diverse and difficult conflict and post-conflict situations after coming back.

Ladsous lauded Pakistan’s long and solid contribution to the UN peacekeeping. He said that more than 150,000 Pakistani military and police personnel had served in the UN peacekeeping assignments during the last five decades and had always been found disciplined and competent in combating organized crime and corruption.