The top police officer of Pakistan, Faisal Shahkar, has been appointed as the Police Adviser in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations (UNDPO). The following announcement has been made by the spokesman of the United Nations.
Shahkar has succeded Luis Carrilho of Portugal, who has just completed his assignment.
Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said to the United Nations regular noon briefing that Shahkar, who has been appointed by Secretary-General of UN Antonio Guterres, brings to the position over 30 years of national and international experience.
The Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has termed the appointment of Inspector General Shahkar an honour of the nation.
Bilawal took it to Twitter stating that, “Another honour for Pakistan in UN Peacekeeping, IG Faisal Shahkar appointed UN Police Adviser. Great distinction, manifestation of Pakistan’s role in the maintenance of international peace and security.”
Currently, he is serving as Inspector General of Police in Pakistan. He has also served in multiple senior positions with the Pakistan police, including as an Additional Inspector of Police in Punjab (2015-18), as well as Regional Police Chief (2014-2015).
Inspector General of Police Shahkar has experience of more than nine years with the United Nations at Headquarters & the field where he most has just served as Leader of the Team within the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (UNSPC) (2020-21).
Furthermore, he has also served at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (2004-05), as well as the United Nations Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina (UNMIBH) (2000-2002).
Shahkar holds a master’s degree in law (L.L.M) from the University of London, United Kingdom. Moreover, he also holds a master’s in political science from the Univeristy of Punjab, in Pakistan. He is also fluent in Urdu as well as English.