A Pakistani UN peacekeeper was killed and another was injured on Saturday in the line of duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Expressing condolences the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said to Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi through a telephonic discussion from New York that Naik Naeem Raza embraced martyrdom and sepoy Bilal got injured.
Pakistan Army’s media wing released a statement saying, “Pakistan continues to contribute towards global peace and stability.”
ISPR added that till date 156 courageous Pakistanis have sacrificed their lives for global peace under UN.
Last October the Pakistan Army said over 6,000 of its officers and soldiers are under the duties of the UN.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have condemned the attack.
Meanwhile, amid ongoing political crisis Congo is experiencing worst cholera outbreak too in two decades.
According to World Health Organisation, since last July more than 1,000 people have died out of cholera.
Caritas Congo Coordinator of the Department for Health Promotion, Jean Munongo, said 803 cases of cholera with 332 deaths have been recorded since November 25 in the capital city Kinshasa.
He added, “The epidemic has affected 22 out of 26 provinces that make up the country, with a predominant presence in the major urban areas.”
The crisis has been worsened with torrential rainfall earlier this month that has caused mudslides and silting.
Africa regional director for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Dr. Fatoumata Nafo-Traore, said more people are dying due to lack of medicine.