U.N. Moving Many Foreign Workers Out of Pakistan

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The United Nations is moving as many as 60 foreign employees, or about one-quarter of its international staff, out of Pakistan for at least six months over safety concerns, a United Nations official said Thursday.

The decision, which does not apply to the organization’s 2,700 Pakistani employees, will be re-evaluated in three months, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in the absence of authorization to discuss the relocation. Improvements in the country’s security could shorten the relocation.

The move is the latest sign of foreigners’ fears raised by intensified terrorist attacks in recent months throughout the country, including in better-guarded interior areas like the garrison city of Rawalpindi and the capital, Islamabad.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/01/world/asia/01pstan.html?hp