Report – Book Launch on “UN Peacekeeping Operations in Somalia 1992-1995: A Pakistani Perspective”

The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organized a launch of the book titled UN Peacekeeping Operations in Somalia 1992-1995: A Pakistani Perspective, on April 10, 2019. The book has been authored by Dr. Tughral Yamin, Associate Dean, Centre for International Peace & Stability, National University of Science & Technology (NUST). Commentators for the book included: Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Talat Masood, Defense Analyst; Dr. Arshi Saleem Hashmi, Head of Department, Peace & Conflict Studies, National Defense University (NDU) and Brig. (Retd.) Kamal Aziz. The launch was attended by foreign diplomats, scholars, journalists and students.

Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General, ISSI referred to the movie Black Hawk Down based on US operations in Somalia and said that the entire movie ignores the role played by the Pakistani peacekeepers in Somalia. While the movie is a work of fiction, however facts must remain facts. He said that Dr. Tughral Yamin has stepped up to tell the Pakistani story of how events unfolded in Somalia at that time. The book also illustrates how committed Pakistan is to making its own contribution to maintaining international peace and security. Having spent six years in New York, Ambassador Chaudhry said that he  has seen first-hand how well Pakistan is recognized at the world stage for always contributing most professional soldiers and officers. Our armed forces make us proud by displaying for the whole world to see that our troops are capable of handling extremely dangerous situations at home and abroad.

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