Addressing a reception hosted by Pakistan UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale said UN and Pakistan have enjoyed a close relationship.
Speaking on the occasion Pakistan, UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told a big gathering of heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the UN that we have been gratified again and again by the generosity shown by the Pakistani people towards the UN.
She said Pakistan contributes nearly 6,000 military and police personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.
More than 170,000 Pakistanis have served over the past decades in the UN flagship activity. One hundred and forty six Pakistani peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of world peace.
US Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Malony, who was a special guest at the reception, paid tributes to Ambassador Lodhi's work in promoting Pakistan's goals at the U.N.