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Pak troops return from Ivory Coast

A BATCH of 250 Pakistan Army troops arrived here on Thursday after being part of a relief-rotation plan to perform peace-keeping duties under the aegis of United Nations Mission in Ivory Coast.

Brigadier Shafi Ghazi was present at the Allama Iqbal International Airport to receive them.

According to a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani peacekeepers have been serving in the war-ravaged African country since the last three years. The valiant troops are deployed in the most inaccessible part of that country where various armed combatants belonging to various feuding tribal factions are continuously engaged in intense civil strife.

A large influx of refugees was forced to flee to bordering countries thus creating socio-economic difficulties for the already hard-pressed neighbours. The Pakistani contingent as part of the UN peacekeeping force has earned laurels for successfully disarming the combatants through peaceful dialogue. They have also helped in relief and repatriation of a large number of refugees by supporting the execution of rehabilitation programme.

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