ISLAMABAD A top United Nations humanitarian official would arrive on an important visit to Pakistan next week to address some factors of strains between Pakistani Government and UN, it is credibly learnt. A classified email that was circulated by the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday and a copy of which was received by TheNation through its sources, the same day, intimated the relevant UN agencies about the expected visit of a UN Under-Secretary-General without giving any further details. This information is still embargoed and should not be given to media, the email said. Currently, the UN has not disclosed the name of the visiting Under-Secretary-General but it is learnt that John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, would visit Pakistan next week. It is also learnt that the international body planned to hold a media briefing in the coming days regarding USGs visit after his security plan was finalised. As security threats have begun to confront the UN staffers in the flood-hit areas, the expected visits of the senior UN diplomats are either postponed or kept on low keys. Jean-Maurice Ripert, United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Assistance to Pakistan, who is presently in Pakistan, had to either cut short or postpone some of his visits to some parts of flood-affected areas following the reports of security lapses. The visit of John Holmes carries significant importance in the wake of somehow strained air of diplomacy that has lately prevailed between the UN and Government of Pakistan. Prime Minister Gilanis statement that logistics and expenditure costs of international non-governmental organisations working in humanitarian sector is far greater than those of Pakistani NGOs has appeared as setback to the UN and its associated humanitarian agencies. Instead of appreciating the efforts of international humanitarian relief agencies for providing humanitarian assistance to the flood victims, the PM preferred to speak otherwise. The concerns that Yousuf Raza Gilani raised over the utilisation of humanitarian funds and his unjustified statement in support of corruption-ridden Pakistani NGOs has caught the UN diplomats by disappointing surprise. Last Tuesday, Jean-Maurice Ripert had informed TheNation that any NGO alone could not spend the humanitarian funds. All the UN agencies, international humanitarian partners, NGOs and INGOs were working in coordination with donor states to make sure funds that were spent in the right direction. The visit of John Holmes to Pakistan is seen as a crucial development towards the settlement of humanitarian aid-related disputes and a step towards attracting donors attention before the UN braces to launch humanitarian appeal that would include the recovery aspect, for Pakistans flood affectees, in the mid of this month.