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Ban Comes to Pakistan

by AFP
John Moore—AFP

John Moore—AFP

U.N. chief to promote education for all, highlight Islamabad’s contribution to global peacekeeping missions.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is set to arrive in Pakistan, where he will meet with young people and thank Islamabad for its contribution to global peacekeeping missions.

A U.N. statement said he would meet with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“In line with Malala Day last month he will meet with students in Islamabad to discuss efforts to promote and expand quality education for all,” the statement said.

The day was declared in honor of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager campaigning for girls’ education who survived a gunshot to the head from a Taliban extremist in October 2012. The 16-year-old gave a moving speech at the United Nations last month in which she vowed to continue to work for gender equality in education.

Ban has dubbed her birthday, July 12, “Malala Day” to highlight the campaign.

Ban will attend Pakistan’s independence day celebrations and highlight the country’s role as one of the largest contributors of troops and police to U.N. peacekeeping missions.


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