The United Nations plans to temporarily relocate some of its international staff outside of Pakistan for security reasons following a string of attacks that has killed at least 11 of its personnel in the country this year, the group said Thursday.
The move comes about two months after the UN decided to suspend long-term development work in volatile areas near the Afghan border. Both decisions could complicate international efforts to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, where a raging Taliban-led insurgency has killed over 500 people in the past two and a half months.
Around 20 percent of the UN.'s expatriate workers will either leave the country for six months or be relocated to safer areas within Pakistan, spokeswoman Ishrat Rizvi said. The world body will reevaluate the security situation in six months to determine when the staff can return, she said.