UNITED NATIONS UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday indicated that he would extend the mandate of a UN commission investigating former prime minister Benazir Bhuttos assassination by three months, as requested by its Chairman. It is a reasonable request, the UN chief said of the proposal made by the Chairman of the three-member Commission, Chiles UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, for the extension of its mandate to 31 March 2001 to enable them to complete their work. I am positively considering the request since the commission needs more time to complete its work, he added. The Commission, which began its work on July 1, was mandated to submit its report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by December 31, 2009. Besides Ambassador Munoz, the Chairman, the other members of the Commission are: Marzuki Darusman, the former attorney-general of Indonesia, and Peter Fitzgerald, a veteran of the Irish National Police who has also served the UN in a number of capacities. With regard to the UN operations to help the people displaced by the anti-militant military operations in Pakistans northwest, Ban said he was in touch with President Asif Ali Zardari on the best ways to provide help to the affectees. Following the bombing of the UN office in Islamabad, international staff was withdrawn from some of the areas, leaving the humanitarian operations in the hands of the Pakistani staff. Efforts were being made to redeploy staff to some of the vacant positions. Meanwhile, he said, the United Nations continued to play bits coordinating role and was providing relief materials to the displaced people.