ISLAMABAD A major reshuffle in UN senior staff working in Pakistan is expected in the days ahead, as there are heated discussions regarding closure of UN operations in the wake of worsening security situation in the country. After a series of meetings between senior UN and government officials for setting up modalities to grapple with the prevailing circumstances, the UN has finally decided relocation of its international staff members working in different projects. According to details, the massive reshuffle, TheNation learnt from pertinent channels, would be carried out in two phases. In the first phase, all those international staffers that are working in long and short-term projects in sensitive areas would be switched to alternative projects underway in safer locations. Most of the long-term projects running in NWFP and tribal belt would be affected by this decision, as UNs foreign staff would be switched to secured areas. In the second phase, those international officials that could not be relocated or adjusted to alternative projects would be leaving Pakistan, which implies that a considerable number of foreigners working with UN would head to their respective destinations in the months ahead. In order to avoid any negative fallout of UNs new policy pertaining to reshuffle and relocation, the UN bosses are hesitant to officially declare their newly devised line of action, it is reliably learnt. As Pakistan is paying a heavy price for playing a front line role in the war on terror, the closure of projects would give the message that international community has isolated Pakistan in hard times, and that is why United Nations will never accept officially and publicly that it is going to pull out its people, a credible insider informed this scribe. As a result of relocation and reshuffle, numerous long-term projects are likely to be closed down across the country, particularly in NWFP, FATA and other sensitive areas, that would subsequently lead to massive downsizing of locals in the wake of grave security threats. Currently, the international organisation observes security phase IV in NWFP and FATA to conduct its operations in emergent areas and humanitarian related projects, while all other operations are given a halt. A spokesperson of UN has confirmed that the organisation was about to undergo some significant changes in priorities due to change in national priorities including the realigning of different projects at national level. United Nations supports the government through its projects of national importance, given that the national priorities of the government have changed because of security situation, it would definitely affect our policies, the official said. The spokesperson asserted that long-term projects would be realigned and not closed and said, Yes the modalities have changed but we are not going anywhere. At the moment, the humanitarian assistance provided to the IDPs of South Waziristan would not be affected with reshuffle but things would change drastically once the operation is over. So far, the food distribution points and rehabilitation centres in the operation-affected areas in NWFP are operating, but any possible security lapse or a deadly attack on UN offices could completely shut down the humanitarian assistance, it is learnt credibly. Apart from NWFP and FATA, security phase of level III is followed in the rest of the country, however the continuity of security lapses could enhance security level across Pakistan. It is worth mentioning here that this newspaper, sometime back, had published that the UN intended to take enormous measures in the wake of deteriorating law and order situation including winding-up of projects, downsizing and enhancement of security phases. Despite official denials, off the stage developments reveal that a major shift in UNs policy in Pakistan is evident in near future.