UN Peacekeeping Forces

In 2009, Pakistan was the only most generous contributor of UN Peacekeeping forces with more than 11,000 Pak Army personnel serving in UN Forces Peacekeeping operations worldwide.

The following table below shows the present deployment of Pakistani Forces in UN Peacekeeping missions:

Start of operation  Operation Relation Conflict Contribution
1999 United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)
Democratic Republic of Congo


Second Congo War


3,556 Troops
2003
United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

Liberia

Second Liberian Civil War

2,741 Troops
2004 United Nations Operation in Burundi ONUB
Burundi

Burundi Civil War

1,185 Troops
2004 United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)
Ivory Coast

First Ivorian Civil War

1,145 Troops
2005 United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS)
Sudan

Second Sudanese Civil War

1,542 Troops
  Staff/observers  
191 observers

till March 2007 estimation, the 10,173 troops were serving in Peacekeeping missions.

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Involvement in Pakistani civil society

According to the judgments of Russian scholar Anatol Lieven, the Pakistan Forces perform an essential role in keeping the Pakistani state together by raising a spirit of unity and nationhood and providing protection of selfless service to the nation.

Pakistan military troops in relief efforts missions in 2005
Pakistan military troops in relief efforts missions in 2005

As an organization, the Armed forces have been integrated into Pakistani civil society since its establishment in 1947. The army has been included in building much of its infrastructure (such as dams, bridges, canals, power stations, and energy projects.

The civil-military input from all sections of the armed forces has helped to build a stable nation and professionalism in the armed forces.

Natural disasters like floods and earthquakes, army engineers, medical and logistics workers, and the armed forces usually have performed a significant role in the rescue, relief, and supply efforts.

In 2010, armed forces workers donated one day of salary for their flood-affected buddies.

In 1996, General Jehangir Karamat (Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff) explained the Pakistan Armed Forces relations with civilian society:

In my opinion, if we have to repeat past events, then we must understand that Military leaders can pressure only up to a point. Beyond that, their position starts getting undermined because the military is, after all, a mirror image of civil society from which it is drawn.

Pakistan Air Force airmen participating in relief operations.

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Based on National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB) reports in 2012, about 91.1% of civilian infrastructure in the Federally Administered Tribal Area was built by the Pakistan forces in a system based on sustainable development projects of livelihood ordinary people of the district.

During 19982008, the Air force handled around 693 relief services in Pakistan and abroad. The Air Force carried and distributed thousands of tons of wheat, medicines, emergency shelters, and assisted in rehabilitating the disaster-effected areas of the country.

Meanwhile, with the flow of floods from 2010 to 2014, the Navy and Marines started relief operations nationwide and provided healthcare, medicines, relief works, and coordinated food distribution in the flood-effected areas.

Pakistan Navy medical specialists conducting medical training while abroad on sea mission
Pakistan Navy medical specialists conducting medical training while abroad on sea mission

The Navy’s admission had given 43,850 kgs (96,670 lb) of food and relief goods to flood victims, including 5,700 kg of ready-to-cook food, 1,000 kg of dates, and 5,000 kg of food sent to Sukkur.

The Pak Naval Air Arm had airdropped more than 500 kilograms of food and relief goods in Mirpur, Ghospur, and Thal areas.

Engineering sections of the Navy and Marines constructed more than 87 houses given to the local internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Approximately 69,000 affected IDPs were treated in Navy and Marines medical camps.

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Commemoration and Parades

The Defence Day of Pakistan(Youm-e-Difa) celebrates on 6 September in memory of martyred soldiers of the Indian-Pakistani war of 1965.

Pakistan Army Parade
Pakistan Army Parade

Remembering services are held in the presence of Pakistan’s top military and civil officials.

Wreaths of flowers set on the fallen soldiers graves and ceremonies are held across the country.

The cadets of inter-services academies do a change of guard ceremony at Mazar-e-Quaid and present Guard of Honor and take the command.

Moreover, the Air Force Day (Youm-e-Fizaya) celebrates on 7 September, and the Navy Day (Youm-e-Bahriya) on 8 September.