The visiting Federal Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Senator Babar Awan, on Thursday discussed the current situation in Pakistan with UN General Assembly Miguel dEscoto when he called on the 192 member body chief. The minister thanked the President for his role in the process that led to the posthumous conferment of the UN Human Rights Award on Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, according to a press release of the Pakistan Mission to the U.N. He also expressed condolences to the President over the death of five UN officials in last months blast at Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar and assured him that the Pakistan Government would extend all possible assistance to their families. Briefing the assembly president on the anti-Taliban military operation in Swat and Malakand, the minister said ninety percent of the area has been cleared of the militants and that the dislocated people will begin returning home from July 13, the press release said. A special support programme, with experience of rehabilitation and reconstruction work, has been tasked to oversee their return. Every family, he added, would be given Rs. 300,000 for resettling purposes. Previously, he said, there was some confusion about the ownership of the war against militants. But the democratically elected government took the issue to parliament, which unanimously approved action against the militants. Things are now looking better for Pakistan, the press release quoted the president as saying. He also assured the minister that the United Nations would extend all possible assistance to Pakistan. About the economic situation, Awan said that the reform agenda initiated by the government had turned the situation around from a grave position about a year ago. The President appreciated the government efforts to overcome the economic challenges, according to the press release. Senator Babar Awan also met Under Secretary General for Communication and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka. Akasaka informed the minister that since that the United Nations Information Center in Pakistan (UNIC) does not have a Director, an emergency team had been dispatched to maintain communications between various UN agencies working in the country and to create awareness internationally on the plight of millions of dislocated persons. Awan informed the under secretary general that the government had created a new website which carries all information about the dislocated persons, including the funds being received and dispersed, as a measure aimed at transparency. During his visit to the United Nations Headquarters, Awan also interacted with British Ambassador Sir John Sawers, French Ambassador Jean Maurice Ripert, Russian Ambassador Konstantin Dolgov, Algerian Ambassador Mourand Bemnehidi, Cota Rican Ambassador Jorge Urbina and senior U.N. officials, including Lisa Buttenheim, Director of the Asia and the Pacific, at the Department of Political Affairs.