UN observes silence for staff killed in Baghdad
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations (UN) offices in Islamabad observed one-minute silence on Thursday to remember the 22 UN staff members killed in a bomb attack on UN offices in Baghdad last year. All UN staff working in Pakistan were present at the ceremony to pay a tribute to their colleagues.
Acting UN Resident Coordinator Omar Abidi read out a message from the United Nations secretary general on the occasion. “What happened in Baghdad a year ago today was a personal tragedy, especially for the families and the loved ones of the 22 people who died and those who suffered injuries – be they physical, psychological or emotional.
It was also a personal tragedy for all of us as they were our dear friends and colleagues, and also because of the direct attack on the blue flag,” the message said.