Pakistan: UN humanitarian arm reports number of displaced returning home tops 600,000

More than 600,000 people forced from their homes by armed clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan have now returned, leaving some 1.6 million displaced people in need of aid, the United Nations announced today.

Nearly 400,000 displaced Pakistanis returning home, says UN official

Almost 400,000 people, out of the more than 2 million who escaped Government-militant clashes in northwest Pakistan, have now returned to their homes, the top United Nations relief official in the country announced today.

Nearly 300,000 uprooted Pakistanis return home to northwest – UN

Almost 300,000 Pakistanis – out of some 2 million uprooted by clashes in the country’s northwest – have returned home, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today, hailing the returns as a “positive development.”

Killing of UN staffer in Pakistan sparks outcry from top officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of condemnation over the shooting death of a staff member of the United Nations refugee agency at a camp outside the north-west Pakistani town of Peshawar today.

Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing starts work in Pakistan

The independent United Nations commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto arrived today in Islamabad as it began its first working visit to the country.

Return of displaced Pakistanis must be voluntary and sustainable – UN relief chief

As families uprooted by the military operations in north-west Pakistan begin to make their way back home, it is vital to ensure that the returns are voluntary, that it is safe for them to repatriate and that basic services have been restored, the top United Nations relief official said today.

Uprooted families begin returning to north-west Pakistan, report UN agency

Around 800 people displaced by the conflict in north-west Pakistan have headed back home yesterday under a government-run programme, while another 2,500 are slated to return today, the United Nations refugee agency reported.

Pakistan’s displacement crisis at ‘critical moment,’ says UN humanitarian chief

The humanitarian effort to help millions in north-west Pakistan uprooted by clashes between the Government and insurgents is at a critical stage, the top United Nations relief official said today, as the national authorities unveiled their return plan for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

UN humanitarian chief gets first-hand look at site of Pakistani clashes

The United Nations humanitarian chief today visited the district of Buner in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), the scene of the recent fighting between the Government and insurgents that uprooted over 2 million people.

Uprooted Pakistanis express desire to return home to UN relief chief

Displaced Pakistanis, driven from their homes by fighting between Government forces and militants in north-west of the country, today expressed their desire to return home as soon as possible to the top United Nations relief official.