Ambassador Munir pays tribute to Pakistani soldier martyred in Sudan

I, on behalf of the Pakistan Mission at the United Nations and the people of Pakistan, offer my deepest condolences to the family of Lance Naik Adil Jan who left for eternal abode while on duty: Munir

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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN, Munir Akram, has paid tributes to the dedication and professionalism of Lance Naik Adil Jan, who recently embraced martyrdom while on duty in Sudan’s Darfur region.

“I, on behalf of the Pakistan Mission at the United Nations and the people of Pakistan, offer my deepest condolences to the family of Lance Naik Adil Jan who left for eternal abode while on duty,” he said in a statement issued in New York.

Lance Naik Adil Jan was posted at the African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur. On Thursday, 9 Sep 2021, shortly after being taken ill while on duty in El Fasher, the capital city of North Darfur, Sudan, he passed away.

Adil Jan joined UNAMID in October 2020. In March 2021, together with his unit, he was moved to El Fasher to form part of the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU) where he served until his untimely demise.

Ambassador Akram said, “He (Adil Jan) will be fondly remembered by colleagues and friends as a dedicated, highly knowledgeable and professional member of the Pakistan’s Formed Police Unit and UNGU.

“At this hour of grief and sorrow, we sincerely express our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, members of his unit, and the people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. With great appreciation to his dedicated service for the period which he served the Mission.”

During a peacekeeping mission in Sudan, a Pakistani soldier named Lance Naik Adil Jan embraced martyrdom while on duty.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, Jan, 38, a member of the Frontier Corps Balochistan, was part of the UN mission in Darfur responsible for the protection of civilians and facilitating humanitarian assistance in the district.

The soldier was posted at the African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur. He hailed from Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York said in a statement that Jan “passed away” on Sept 9, “shortly after being taken ill while on duty in El Fasher”.

The soldier “will be fondly remembered as a dedicated, highly knowledgeable and professional”, it added.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), as many as 161 Pakistani peacekeepers have so far laid their lives as part of global peace missions for international peace and stability.

Pakistan is one of the longest-serving and largest contributors to UN peacekeeping and has a health personnel unit in Darfur as well.

Pakistan’s first UN peacekeeping mission began in 1960 in Congo and so far more than 200,000 Pakistani soldiers have participated in 60 missions in 28 countries. Pakistan still has more than 7,000 personnel deployed in nine countries as part of 14 ongoing UN missions. During his visit to Pakistan last year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had appreciated the contribution of Pakistani women in peacekeeping. “Pakistan is a leader in championing women peacekeepers and an example for other troop contributors,” he had said.

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