Lance Naik Adil Jan, a Pakistani soldier embraced martyrdom during active duty on a peacekeeping mission in Sudan. The soldier was posted at the African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur. He hailed from Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to the military’s public affairs wing, Lance Naik Adil Jan—38 years old—was a member of the Frontier Corps Balochistan and was serving as part of the UN mission in Darfur responsible for the protection of civilians and facilitating humanitarian assistance in the district.
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. According to 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.
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.
Mr. Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York , expressed his heartfelt sympathy to the family of the deceased.