- In a positive development today, United Nations restores Pakistan’s status as a ‘family station’ allowing UN personnel to travel with their families to the country.
- It will positively influence bilateral trade and tourism in the country.
- UN discontinued the non-family status of Pakistan, effective June 14, 2019.
- The label came following the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad owing to security risk.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi shows optimism regarding United Nations restoring Pakistan’s status as a ‘family station’. International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) of the United Nations restored Pakistan’s status, allowing UN personnel to travel with their families.
It is expected to positively influence bilateral trade and tourism in the country. A letter from the office of the ICSC notified Pakistan’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi about the recent development in this regard. The letter stated that the UN was discontinuing the non-family status of Pakistan, effective June 14, 2019.
Why was the status previously discontinued?
The United Nation’s previously discontinued Pakistan’s status as a ‘family station’ owing to security threats. The ban came after Marriott hotel attacks.
“After the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, the UN had declared its office in the capital as a non-family duty station due to security concerns. For the last 10 years, the status remains the same,” said Qureshi in a video message.
”Pakistan’s foreign ministry engage the UN and its agency after we successfully handled its security situation and defeated terrorism on our soil. We told them that they must reconsider their decision now since the security situation in Pakistan has improved.”
”After a comprehensive assessment, they agreed to us and declared that the international staff can remain in Pakistan with their families. The UN ‘family station’ status is a vote of confidence for Pakistan and an acknowledgment that the country has done a lot in improving its security situation,” the foreign minister further added.
Pakistanis laud the development:
Good news! Based on comprehensive security review, UN restores Islamabad’s status as family station for its international staff. I warmly welcome the decision.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) June 20, 2019
— M Ehsan Bhutta (@MEhsaan98) June 21, 2019
— Mansoor Qaisar (@mqesar) June 21, 2019
— انمول🦋 (@Mystic__Life) June 20, 2019
Unfortunately we are enjoying the most to serve other nation and making them happy and comfortable for financial aid. Such efforts if had been done for the poor and deprived people of Pakistan then the result would had differ from today's. #familystation
— ریحان بلوچ (@rehanbaloch620) June 20, 2019
Major Diplomatic Development – UN declares Pakistan #FamilyStation for its international staff, due to improved security situation in Pakistan. This status paves way for attracting more investors in Pakistan & will also impact our relationship with international organizations.
— Mahmood Moulvi (@MoulviMahmood) June 21, 2019
The @UN has restored #Pakistan as a family duty station after its evaluation by the Under Secretary General of the UN Department for Safety & Security. #Pakistan 🇵🇰 #Zindabad #Familystation pic.twitter.com/CgpSJFuEth
— Muhammad Jawad (@CutteeJawad) June 21, 2019
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