In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a senior Pakistan Army colonel on official duty has been accused of converting United Nations mission employees to Islam, a minority religion in the Central African country.
As per reports, the colonel approached a few Christian UN mission employees and asked them to convert to Islam.
Colonel Saqib Mushtaqi is a contingent deputy commander part of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
Taking note of the incident, the General Headquarters (GHQ) has initiated an internal inquiry into the incident; however, it is not clear what action will be taken against the Pakistani official.
According to media reports, since the arrival of the UN mission in 1999, Pakistani officials have actively promoted “their brand of Islam in eastern Congo”.
The Pakistani contingent has built several mosques in greater north Kivu and Ituri regions.
This is not the first time that UN peacekeepers from Pakistan have gained notoriety for their actions.
In 2012, two Pakistani peacekeepers were accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Haiti. A Pakistani military tribunal in Haiti sacked them from the army and sentenced the duo to a year in prison.
Earlier, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram was accused of domestic violence by his partner. The New York Times reported that the case was settled out of the court and no charges were pressed on Akram due to his diplomatic immunity.