ISLAMABAD United Nations is all set to relocate its offices in Pakistan despite repeated assurances from highest governmental level regarding the provisions of foolproof security to UN staff amid challenging security situation. Apparently, the Thursdays meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with UN Secretary Generals Special Envoy on Humanitarian Affairs Jean-Maurice Ripert sounds as an instrumental move on the way to strengthening of relationship between Pakistani government and United Nations. The PM, in the particular meeting, had asserted that foolproof security would be provided to UN officials while pressing on the Special Envoy to review UNs decision regarding relocation of its offices and officials. The Special Envoy had assured the PM that the UN would not isolate Pakistan in hard times and local Pakistani employees would not be laid off. In addition, the Envoy had said that the relocation of the international staff would be temporary and they would return once the security situation improved. Even after exchange of pledges from both sides in the wake of intensified efforts to 'convince UN to review its decision regarding relocation of offices, and UNs resolve not to isolate Pakistan in testing times, off-the-stage developments plainly indicate that the apparent shift in UNs policy to stand by Pakistan in odd times is a well though-out step that has been taken in order to avoid enormous pressure which the international body would be facing in case it makes its underlying motives public. This newspaper has already pointed out that United Nations would publicly negate its decision to relocate its offices given that Pakistan stands as frontline state in the war on terror and isolating this country would backlash negative fallout in the locals and convey a hostile message to the international community, in the news item dated December 15, 2009. Thursdays meeting between Pakistans Premier Gilani and UN representative Ripert is the continuity of the same policy that implies massive relocation in a covert manner, which has been sensed by Pakistani officials. Apart from that, Pakistan also feels dejected over the indifferent attitude of international community against all those sacrifices it has made in the war on terror. PM Gilani, in the aforementioned meeting, had categorically said that international community was not very welcoming towards the plight of 200,000 IDPs of South Waziristan. Pertinent channels confided that there was no change in the two-phase plan, which United Nations had devised last Monday, that aimed at relocation of United Nations international staff in the first phase, and leaving of the foreign staff in the second phase, eventually leading to massive lay-off of Pakistanis and closure of projects. In order to skip pressure and criticism, it is also learnt that UN intends to enhance security level from security phase III to IV that would automatically lead to the closure of projects and would provide valid grounds for the international body to defend its policy as an organisational measure taken under poor security situation without generating much hue and cry in Pakistani media. It can be recalled here that NWFP and FATA already witness phase IV security level.