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PR No. 54 Islamabad: June 7, 2016

At the UN, Pakistan called for enhancing UN policing capabilities and filling up the gaps in resources and training and making them better prepared for quick deployment, says a press release received here today from New York.

Speaking in the first ever United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) on Current and Future Trends of UN Police, Shoaib Siddiqui, Special Secretary Ministry of Interior said that there was a greater need to address the needs of peacekeeping missions and administrative and financial matters of the member States.

Pakistan proposed that the regional organizations should be encouraged for the deployment of rapid-reaction units of individual police officers and formed police units. Pakistan also called for clear and unambiguous mandates for UN Police for their successful implementation.

Mr. Siddiqui told the house  that Pakistan had initiated many measures to curb money laundering, organized crime, human smuggling and cross border interventions to promote peace and order. He said that the Minister for Interior was personally monitoring and leading efforts to attain desired goals. “All this is aimed to make our country in particular and the world in general a better and secure place to live”, he added.

Pakistan, he said, has valuable experience in handling diverse and difficult conflict and post-conflict situations. “Our personnel have supported implementation of peace agreements, deterred spoilers through robust peacekeeping, assisted host states with rule of law, institution building, disarmament and demobilization of rebels, and security sector reform, protected civilians, facilitated humanitarian assistance, provided social services, built infrastructure, and carried out quick impact projects”, he added.

The Secretary said that Pakistani peacekeepers had seen firsthand the inter-linkages between peacekeeping and Peace building, and the importance of credible peace processes in order for peacekeeping to deliver.

He expressed Pakistan’s full commitment to promote national and international peace saying that it had made great efforts and sacrifices towards this human and global cause. “We expect a more vibrant and significant role for Pakistan in peacekeeping missions”, he added.

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