Pak Army troops serving in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were awarded UN medals in an impressive medal parade ceremony held in Bukavu on 23 March 2012. Force Commander, MONUSCO Lieutenant General Parkash was the Chief Guest on the occasion. He along with other dignitaries awarded UN medals to the officers and troops of Pakistan Contingent VII.
While congratulating the Pakistani troops on the successful completion of their tenure, the chief guest lauded the efforts and sacrifices of Pakistan Army Personnel for restoration of peace and stability in this region. He appreciated the discipline and professionalism shown by this contingent during their tenure of duty in South Kivu.
Earlier, a spectacular medal parade was witnessed by honorable guests which included Acting Governor of the South Kivu, Mr Etienne Babunga, Contingent Commanders, Senior Military Personnel of Congolese Army / Police, UN Officials and other notables of the province.
The Infantry Battalions drill was greatly appreciated by the audience. Parade also included Commando platoon unarmed combat performance, helicopter repelling, army band performance and motorized column march past. These events proved to be icing on the cake as the audience cheered and applauded at the magnificent performance of Pakistani troops. The event ended with a group photo of all the participants of the parade with the chief guest.