UN appeals to combatants in Pakistan to ensure safety of civilians fleeing conflict

Amid mounting numbers of Pakistanis crossing inhospitable mountain terrain to escape fighting between Government forces and militants, aid agencies have urged the warring parties to observe international humanitarian law ensuring safety for civilians, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today.

UN prepares for new flood of Pakistani civilians fleeing fighting with militants

United Nations aid agencies and their partners in north-western Pakistan are preparing emergency relief, including food, water and health services, for up to 250,000 civilians fleeing an intensification of fighting between the Government and militants.

Humanitarian access key challenge for UN agencies assisting Pakistanis

As civilians continue to flee South Waziristan amid Pakistani military operations against insurgents, the United Nations refugee agency is stressing the need to ensure that assistance can reach the displaced.

Latest military offensive in Pakistan could uproot 170,000 people – UN

United Nations agencies and their partners are providing assistance in north-west Pakistan, where the Government estimates that over 100,000 people have already been displaced by the latest military offensive against militants and the number could rise even further.

Anticipated military offensive drives thousands of Pakistanis from their homes – UN

The United Nations refugee agency said today that there have been new outflows of people from Pakistan’s South Waziristan region this week in anticipation of military operations against insurgents.

In Islamabad, UN remembers colleagues killed in brutal bombing

The United Nations today remembered five fallen colleagues who were working on the frontlines against hunger when their lives were brutally cut short by a suicide bombing last week at the headquarters of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Pakistani capital.

Secretary-General strongly condemns latest deadly bomb attack in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s bombing at a marketplace in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar that has killed at least 49 people and injured many more and is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across the country.

Ban condemns ‘heinous’ attack on UN food aid office in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s suicide attack against the office of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan in which five staff members were killed.

Democracy is main weapon in Pakistan’s struggle against extremism, leader tells UN

One of the main weapons in Pakistan’s arsenal in its struggle against extremism is democracy, the South Asian nation’s leader told the General Assembly today, calling for increased global support for humanitarian efforts in the wake of recent military operations.

UN efforts to help vulnerable Pakistanis receives $100 million boost from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has made a $100 million pledge to help the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations and its partners in Pakistan, where more than 1 million people have yet to return to their homes after being uprooted by violence between Government troops and militants in the South Asian nation’s north-west.