United Nations workers who live in Pakistan are now free to move their families to the country to live with them. The nation has been a non-family country, meaning that UN workers could not bring their families there to live with them, but after a security evaluation, the UN has decided to restore Pakistan’s family station status.
According to multiple media outlets, the UN’s International Civil Service Commission sent a letter to the nation’s UN ambassador, Maleeha Lodhi to notify her and international workers living there that Pakistan’s family station status was back in place. The letter states that the repeal of the non-family status was effective June 14. Lodhi praised the decision as “a positive development on which we all worked together.”
UN officials evaluated security in Islamabad to come to the decision, and the under-secretary-general of the UN’s Department for Safety and Security made the recommendation. Pakistan’s family station status was repealed following the Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad in 2008.