The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) of the United Nations on Thursday publicized that it will be restoring Islamabad’s status as a family station, efficiently allowing UN personnel to travel with their families to Pakistan.
“I, under the delegated authority of the Commission, discontinued the non-family status of the duty station Islamabad, Pakistan effective 14 June 2019.” A letter from the office of the ICSC chairperson.
The letter states that the decision was made following a security assessment of the capital city and on the reference made by the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Department for Safety and Security.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi minister for Foreign Affairs greeted the decision on Twitter.
“Good news! Based on comprehensive security review, UN restores Islamabad’s status as family station for its international staff. I warmly welcome the decision,” he wrote.
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
Pakistan’s Ambassador at the UN Maleeha Lodhi, replied to Qureshi’s tweet with: “This is a positive development on which we all worked together.”
This is a positive development on which we all worked together https://t.co/7JHMB3BofM
— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) June 20, 2019
According to the ISCS website, “a non-family duty station” is one where the United Nations Department of Safety and Security decides that “for reasons of safety and security, all eligible dependents are restricted from being present at the duty station for a period of six months or longer”.
“Family restrictions for reasons of safety and security and designation of non-family duty stations are normally reviewed twice a year […] non-family designation may be introduced or lifted outside the scheduled time if the security situation so warrants.”