The Department of Political Affairs provides staff support and guidance to the Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan,
Rauf Engin Soysal, who was appointed by the Secretary-General in September 2010. DPA also assisted the Secretary-General in establishing the Commission of Inquiry into the Benazir Bhutto assassination.
Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan
Special Envoy Soysal’s main role is to assist the Government of Pakistan and the international community in response to the extraordinary situation created by the 2010 monsoon floods as well as the country’s continued internal displacement challenges and other development, humanitarian and economic needs as identified by the Government of Pakistan.
The Special Envoy works to ensure an integrated UN response to issues in Pakistan and oversees the coordination of UN and international assistance to Pakistan . He also works to strengthen the unity of effort between the Government of Pakistan and the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan, an informal group of 25 countries and international organizations established in 2008 in New York on the margins of the General Assembly.
Commission of Inquiry into the Benazir Bhutto assassination
The Department of Political Affairs assisted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in establishing an independent three-member Commission of Inquiry into the facts and circumstances of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Ms. Bhutto’s assassination in December 2007 was a shocking and tragic event for Pakistan and the world. The Commission, established in 2009 at the request of the Government of Pakistan, delivered its report in April 2010. DPA provided staff and other support necessary to complete the Commission's mandate.