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Pakistani Peacekeeper Killed In Congo To Be Honoured By UN

The United Nations (UN) will honour Pakistan peacekeeper Naik Muhammad Naeem Raza with Dag Hammarskjold Medal on Friday in New York. The Pakistani peacekeeper was killed by ‘an armed group’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year.

The ceremony is being held to mark the annual International Day of Peacekeepers. The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will award medals to 119 peacekeepers from around the world who lost their lives in the line of peacekeeping missions between 2018 and 2019.

Pakistan’s Ambassador at the UN Maleeha Lodhi tweeted: “On Friday at a Medal Award ceremony SG Antonio Guterres will honour UN Peacekeepers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Naik Muhammad Naeem Raza from Pakistan who embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be recognized and his courage and memory honored.”

She also said that she will receive the award on behalf of the martyred soldier.

Raza was serving in the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). In 2018, a Pakistani convoy was ambushed by an armed group in the country. Raza succumbed to his wounds while other soldiers suffered wounds.

During the exchange of fire, he embraced martyrdom while sepoy Bilal got injured.

Guterres had also condemned the killing of the Pakistani peacekeeper in the troubled province.

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