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  • ZulfiOKC
    Originally posted by An American Angel:
    Are Pak Soldiers still working as a peace-keepers in Africa? I've heard Pakistan is gonna move soldiers from Africa too, as it did from Pak-Afghan border due to border tension with India.

    It's my understanding, that the Pakistani soldiers are still in Siera Leone. Couple of weeks ago the Pakistani government was thinking to bring them back, but upon the request of the United Nations, and cooling down of the tensions on our eastern border, that idea has been shelved.

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  • Spock
    I was reading some reviews and articles about the Pakistan forces that are serving as peace keepers in the UN... They have especially been praised because of their quality and character... An army officer who had served in Bosnia showed me lots of cards and letters that the people of Bosnia keep sending to him every year... They have gained the trust and love of people whereever they have been...

    Good thread PJ!! Not everyone knows how praiseworthy these soldiers are in the peacekeeping forces...

    [This message has been edited by Spock (edited June 09, 2002).]

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  • Pakistani Tiger
    Originally posted by An American Angel:
    Are Pak Soldiers still working as a peace-keepers in Africa? I've heard Pakistan is gonna move soldiers from Africa too, as it did from Pak-Afghan border due to border tension with India.

    Yes, Pakistan has pull out her forces from Africa too because of tension.

    The second post of PJ shows that those people want Pakistani Soldiers presence because of rebels threats. But Pakistan can't do that for them because FIRST, we have to protect our MOTHERLAND PAKISTAN LIVE PAKISTAN

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  • PJ

    Our boys are doing a brilliant job, it's something all Pakistanis where ever they are can be proud of.

    But it is sad that these poor people are going to suffer because of something that is not their fault.

    But at the end of the day the Motherland has to be defended !!

    Sierra Leone Fears Pakistan Pullout

    Sierra Leone Fears Pullout of Pakistan Peacekeepers Amid India-Pakistan Crisis

    The Associated Press

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone June 8 As India and Pakistan edge close to war, residents in faraway Sierra Leone fear Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers might return home with dire consequences for the fragile peace in this West African nation.

    "We're praying they don't leave," said Sieh Mansaray, 49, whose right hand was chopped off by rebels in 1996 in the midst of a decade of brutal civil war. "If they go, the war can come back. The rebels can come back. It won't be safe for us."

    Pakistanis account for about one-quarter of the 17,300 U.N. troops deployed in Sierra Leone, U.N. force commander Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande said Friday. The mission is the largest U.N. peacekeeping operation in the world.

    As the crisis with India deepened last month, Pakistan began moving troops back from its border with Afghanistan, where they had been helping U.S. forces in the search for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.

    Pakistan's military government has made no announcement about plans for its 4,226 peacekeepers in Sierra Leone, but an army spokesman said as long as the threat of war with India remained, calling them home was an option.

    "We are still considering it," spokesman Brig. Saulat Raza told The Associated Press in Islamabad on Friday.

    Opande said he had received no word from Pakistan about a withdrawal, but said the possibility concerned him.

    "The immediate pullout by any contingent would definitely be a cause of concern," Opande said. "The presence of all the peacekeepers is important for the stability of Sierra Leone."

    U.N. troops, together with British soldiers and the army of neighboring Guinea, were instrumental in helping suppress a brutal rebel movement two years ago.

    Sierra Leone has been torn apart by war since 1991, when rebels of the Revolutionary United Front launched an insurgency to oust the government and take over rich diamond fields.

    Tens of thousands of civilians died in the fighting, and the rebels terrorized the country by chopping off people's limbs and abducting an untold number of children into their ranks.

    U.N. troops are now deployed to secure the peace, and have helped to disarm some 45,000 ex-combatants. Pakistani soldiers are mostly in the eastern diamond-mining districts Kailahun and Kono, two former rebel strongholds. Residents said their presence there was vital.

    "They're deployed in the most important areas of the country, the mineral areas," Reynold Harding, a 36-year-old civil servant in the finance ministry, said.

    "If they left it would have a dangerous impact. Nobody trusts the rebels. They might resort to their old doings."

    The rebels abandoned several peace deals before agreeing to a cease-fire in November 2000. President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, who was re-elected last month, officially declared the war over in January.

    U.N. helicopters ferrying troops are a constant fixture in the skies above the capital, Freetown. Peacekeepers, some in armored vehicles, man strategic roadblocks all over the seaside city.

    In the rest of the country, Opande said U.N. soldiers were helping deliver humanitarian aid for returning refugees and working with government troops to protect the country's borders. Government troops and rebels in neighboring Liberia have been fighting for years.

    Opande said the U.N. force in Sierra Leone has contingency plans if any major pullout should occur, but he declined to give details.

    "We're going through a stabilization period where I'd like to have all the troops I need to do the job," Opande said. "I'd hate to believe that I'm going to lose any of them."

    Victims of the war share the concern.

    "We appeal to (Pakistani President Pervez) Musharraf not to let them leave," said Ishmael Daramy, 42, who had both his hands cut off by rebels. "Who knows if the war is over. Anything can happen."


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  • An American Angel
    Are Pak Soldiers still working as a peace-keepers in Africa? I've heard Pakistan is gonna move soldiers from Africa too, as it did from Pak-Afghan border due to border tension with India.


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  • PJ
    started a topic Brilliant PAK peace-keepers in Africa

    Brilliant PAK peace-keepers in Africa

    Brilliant Pak faujj not like the indus, who the British forces especially the SAS, said the indus were the most sorry example of soldiers they had ever seen

    And their GOC had no eye-brows

    Standard Point Going the Extra Mile

    Standard Times (Freetown)

    April 5, 2002
    Posted to the web April 5, 2002


    When the names of peacekeepers whose immense contributions ended the decade old war which constituted the greatest headache for every peace loving Sierra Leonean shall be written, the Pakistani Battalion in the United Nations Mission by virtue of their unflinching support and commitment to peace in this country shall be among the most prominent.

    An assessment visit to the devastated District of Kono where they have been deployed since July last year speaks volumes. It is worth noting however that at the time of their deployment in Kono and Kailahun not a single Revolutionary United Front rebel or Civil Defence Force member had been disarmed. So judging from the unpredictable nature of both forces, Kono and Kailahun being RUF strongholds were regarded as extremely dangerous grounds. It required the courage of the Pakistanis to enter those areas and commence preparations for disarmament of the more than 15,000 combatants.

    It took PAKBATT almost two and a half months to effectively disarm the RUF/CDF fighters, but even during the disarmament exercise there were some skirmishes between the two sworn enemies in September over mining rights, which could have derailed the entire peace process, but for the swift intervention of the Pakistanis. Again in December 2001, a clash between the Movement of Concerned Kono Youths (MOCKY) and the CDF versus the RUF ensued. That conflict had a greater potential to reverse the gains towards peace, had it not been that the gallant Pakistani forces had already completed disarmed the fighters.

    The role of PAKBATT in arresting the situation was extremely crucial because they went the extra mile. The UN mandate to their peacekeepers is to stay out of danger and be able to pull out if things got worse. But our brothers and sisters from Pakistan stood their ground and ensured that normalcy was achieved within the quickest possible time.

    In addition to their peace keeping role is the Distinct humanitarian gestures toward the hungry and traumatized population of Kono. The Engineering Division of PAKBATT has made a laudable contribution in the area of road rehabilitation. Travellers to the District are presently full of praises and appreciation for the wonderful repairs on the extremely rugged stretch between Masingbe in the North and Koidu by the PAKBATT engineers.

    Imported eggs and other food stuff are currently going at a reduced rate and most business people in Koidu attribute it mainly to the Pakistanis, many of whom willingly give away part of their food rations to the starving masses.

    Along with those mentioned is the offer of free medical services, with about six centres now located in various parts of the District. The medicines thus supplied are paid for by the contingent. This has greatly assisted the poor in receiving medical attention, which would have been otherwise unattainable. Certain accident victims can also testify of the way their lives were saved through the free medical services.

    But "all work and no play makes Jack a dull and lazy boy", so the peacekeepers are able to find time for recreation inspite of their busy schedule. One way in which they have ensured this is through their cultural performances, which attracts most of the local population. Pakistani rhythms and dances are a crowd puller in Koidu town and it has helped a lot in putting trauma away from many people, especially children. Some senior officials of PAKBATT also organise football matches between the RUF/CDF as a way of enhancing peace, mutal trust and confidence. In pursuance of their desire to develop football, the contingent has brought in more than 5000 world class Adidas footballs, most of which are now being distributed to clubs in the District free of cost.

    The Pakistani soldiers by all indications have special interest in the happiness and welfare of children. That was why they created an entertainment park for children close to the devastated Community Centre in Koidu. The park, which is the first of its kind in the District cost PAKBATT more than US$1,000 and provides fun for the war-weary children under adequate care and security by the soldiers.

    The Catholic Church on the Koidu Girls Secondary School campus where, PAKBATT is based has also been thoroughly refurbished and an average of 200 or more Catholics attend mass there regularly. Perhaps in a bid to prevent being accused of religious bias, the Pakistani Battalion also constructed a Mosque about 100 yards from their base to provide the facility for Muslim worshippers.

    These may be modest gestures when compared to the broader needs of Kono District, but the people out there are particularly grateful because the Pakistanis have come a long way to help them in these trying times.

    Government should have understood by now that the people of Kono are in need of humanitarian assistance in all the areas in which the Pakistani soldiers are helping. Unfortunately politics and re-election has taken over the need to alleviate the plight of the people. Therefore their appreciation goes to their friends in need, the Pakistanis who are now gong the extra mile in sustaining the peace.

    This shows the quality of Pak Jawaans, some of the best soldeirs in the world.