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United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM)
 

 

 

UNIKOM was established in April 1991 following the forced withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Its task was to monitor the demilitarized zone along the Iraq-Kuwait border, deter border violations and report on any hostile action. The mandate of the Mission was completed on 6 October 2003.

 

Background

In the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf war Kuwait found itself confronted with colossal post-war problems. They included the reclamation of the entire land of Kuwait which had been turned into a battlefield by Iraq and the Allied Forces. Almost the whole territory was infested with lethal mines, huge stockpiles of ammunition and explosives and vast dugouts, which made the normal use of land impossible.

Pakistan , with its long tradition and considerable experience of assisting friendly nations in need of international help, offered its services for the reclamation of the devastated land. Finally the job was separately entrusted to Pakistan and six other countries.

Pakistan was assigned the most difficult area in the north of Kuwait city. It was spread over 3000 square kilometers. Subsequently reclamation of Bubiyan Island also was entrusted to Pakistan .          

The operation was carried out by a task force of Pakistan Army Engineers belonging to Frontier Works Organization. The professionalism and dedication displayed by this force elicited praise at international level. Not

 

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Pakistan , with its long tradition and considerable experience of assisting friendly nations in need of international help, offered its services for the reclamation of the devastated land. Finally the job was separately entrusted to Pakistan and six other countries.

Pakistan was assigned the most difficult area in the north of Kuwait city. It was spread over 3000 square kilometers. Subsequently reclamation of Bubiyan Island also was entrusted to Pakistan .          

The operation was carried out by a task force of Pakistan Army Engineers belonging to Frontier Works only did experts from different countries who visited Kuwait during the reclamation process appreciate the quality of work of the dedicated Pakistanis but professionals of other countries carrying out similar task in adjoining sectors also expressed admiration for the high standards of thoroughness and safety that they maintained.

Task Force Kuwait

9 December 1991 28 October 1993
Engineering battalions for mine-clearing operations in Kuwait

Officers
38
Junior Commissioned Officers
37
Other Ranks
985
Civilians
76
Total 1136

Thanks to their zeal and enthusiasm the Pakistanis, despite inclement weather and submergence of Bubiyan Island in water, completed the job in record time to the satisfaction of the Kuwait government. In this way they, in keeping with a well-established Pakistani tradition, played a vital role in the process of speedy recovery of a friendly country from the ravages of war.

 
 
Duration
  • April 1991 to 2003
  • Military observer till 1992
  • Military Observer after 1992


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