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UN chief heads to Pakistan

UN chief heads to Pakistan to attend independence day events and promote education

UN chief heads to Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to Pakistan to attend Independence Day celebrations and promote education and disaster management as the monsoon season begins.

U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Monday that Ban will meet the president and prime minister and get an update on disaster risk reduction efforts.

In a follow-up to U.N. events last month featuring Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, Ban will discuss efforts to expand education for all.

He will also highlight Pakistan's role as one of the largest troop and police contributing countries to U.N. peacekeeping at the inauguration of the Center for International Peace and Stability, del Buey said.