UN vows Pakistan relief despite threats

The United Nations pledged on Thursday to forge ahead with relief operations in Pakistan’s worst-ever floods despite militants threats to attack foreign humanitarian workers.

“We will not be deterred from doing what we believe we need to do, which is to help the people of Pakistan,” John Holmes, the UN humanitarian chief, told a news conference at the world body’s headquarters.

“Those threats existed before the floods and we’ve always known that the security issues are there,” he said.

Holmes said that the United Nations would take “appropriate precautions.”

“Even if the security situation has been relatively calm in the last few weeks, we will obviously take these threats seriously as we did before,” Holmes said.