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.

Humanitarian issues top talks between Secretary-General and Pakistani leader

Humanitarian conditions in north-western Pakistan, the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan and the inquiry into the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto topped the agenda during talks between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Ban sounds alarm on ‘reprehensible’ suicide attack in northwest Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s “reprehensible” suicide car bomb attack, reportedly claiming more than 30 lives and injuring dozens of others, at a village market in north-western Pakistan.

More than 100,000 people uprooted by clashes in north-west Pakistan – UN

With more than 100,000 people driven from their homes by fighting in the north-western Pakistani region of Waziristan, the United Nations has continued to rush assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Pakistan: UN steps up struggle to get children back to school after mass displacement

A shortfall of around $20 million in educational funding is hampering efforts to get Pakistani children back to school in the aftermath of the mass exodus in the north-west of the country during the recent conflict in the area, the United Nations humanitarian arm announced today.

Focus of Pakistan aid efforts swing to areas of return, reports UN

The massive emergency aid effort in north-west Pakistan has shifted focus from areas hosting civilians displaced by the Government’s military operation against militants to places of return, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.