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UN to organize effort to help stabilize Pak

Pakistan says the United Nations will help organize an international effort to overcome the country's massive security and economic problems.

world Updated: Jan 29, 2009 19:58 IST

Pakistan says the United Nations will help organize an international effort to overcome the country's massive security and economic problems.

Pakistan faces a dangerous combination of rising Taliban militancy and slowing economic growth, raising concern about the security of its nuclear weapons.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday that the UN has agreed to help organize programs to be funded by countries including the United States and Germany.

Donors formed a group called the Friends of Pakistan last year to boost Pakistani's security, economic and social development and energy supplies. Pakistan also took a $7.6 billion IMF bailout last year.

Qureshi said a donors' conference may take place in Tokyo, but he announced no date.