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Pak forces for Liberia

Islamabad, Aug. 14: Following a formal UN request, Pakistan has in principle agreed to despatch troops for a multinational force in Liberia.

Although the request is for a brigade comprising 3,000 combat troops, the government has yet to decide on the exact number, officials in the ministry of foreign affairs said. Foreign affairs spokesman Masood Khan also confirmed earlier this week that the matter was under active consideration, adding that deployment could be up to three years.

“The matter has been discussed between officials of the Pakistan mission and the UN secretariat in New York and conveyed to the authorities here,” a senior official said. “Currently logistics are being worked out.”

Pakistan has been the leading contributor to UN peacekeeping operations in conflict zones around the world.

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