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Pakistan Army gets its first female lieutenant general

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army announced its first female lietunant general on Tuesday with the promotion of Major General Nigar Johar to the three-star rank.

The officer has been appointed as the first female Surgeon General of the Pakistan Army, read the statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations of Pakistan (ISPR) office.

Lieutenant General Nigar Johar hails from Panjpit, Swabi district and has been serving as Commandant Milary Hospital Rawalpindi, according to the statement.

In recent years, Pakistan has also increased its female representation in the United Nations peacekeeping missions. It was the first country to deploy female engagement teams. Currently, there are 30 Pakistani female officers serving in two such teams, and yet another team was to be deployed in Congo by June 20.

Over the years, Pakistan has contributed to the UN’s peacekeeping operations with over 200,000 troops in 46 missions across 28 countries.

At least 157 Pakistani service members have also been killed during these operations but Islamabad remains committed to helping the UN in building peace and restoring stability in turbulent regions.

Globally, at least 3,900 peacekeepers from different UN member nations have lost their lives while serving in different conflict zones across the world since 1948.

While Pakistan’s peacekeeping role, particularly in Africa and the Balkans, remains rather well known, the female peacekeepers the country has deployed have received rather less attention. Indeed the role of women is often glossed over even though they are understood to be vital contributors in any peacekeeping activity.

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