Colonel of Pakistan Army faces investigation in Congo

By National News Desk

Islamabad: A senior Pakistan Army colonel on official duty in Congo has been accused of converting United Nations mission staff to Islam.

Islam is a minority religion in the Central African country and, as reported, the colonel approached a few Christian UN missionaries and asked them to convert to Islam.

According to the IBT report, Colonel Saqib Mushtaqi is a contingent Deputy Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

In the meantime, taking note of the incident, the General Headquarters (GHQ) initiated an internal investigation into the incident; however, it is not clear what action will be taken against the Pakistani official.

According to The Chronicles, Pakistani officials have actively promoted “Islam in eastern Congo” since the arrival of the UN mission in 1999.

Sources in the regional government and local authors told Le Soir newspaper that the Pakistani contingent had built several mosques in the northern regions of Kivu and Ituri.

This is not the first time that UN peacekeeping forces from Pakistan have gained attention for their actions.

Earlier, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram was accused by his partner of domestic violence. The New York Times reported that the case had been settled out of court and that no charges had been brought against Akram because of his diplomatic immunity.

The image of the Pakistani diplomats in the United States was quite bad that between May 2018 and May 2019 the White House had to impose travel restrictions banning their movement beyond a 25-miles radius around Washington DC without prior approval.

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