Pakistan’s Faisal Shahkar appointed police adviser to UN Dept of Peace Operations

A top Pakistani police officer, Faisal Shahkar has been appointed as Police Adviser in the United Nations Department of Peace Operations.

He succeeds Luis Carrilho of Portugal who recently completed his assignment.

The UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric told a regular briefing in New York that Faisal Shahkar, who was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, brings to the position more than 30 years of national and international experience.

He has also served in several senior positions with the Pakistan Police, including as Additional Inspector of Police in the Punjab (2015-2018), as well as Regional Police Chief (2014-15).

Shahkar has more than nine years of experience with the United Nations at Headquarters and the field where he most recently served as Team Leader within the United Nations Standing Police Capacity (2020-2021). He further served with the Department of Peace Operations’ Police Division, backstopping field operations (2011-2013 and 2005-2008), the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (2004-2005) and the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) (2000-2002).

He  is a graduate of the University of London, United Kingdom with a master’s degree in law (L.L.M). He also holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. He is fluent in English and Urdu.

He currently serves as Inspector General of Police in Pakistan.


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