India offers $5m in aid to Pakistan in 'hour of need'

Published: August 13, 2010

Flood survivors evacute a flooded area of Bassera village on August 13, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

India on Friday offered $5 million in aid to Pakistan for flood affectees after the country’s worst ever floods.

Accrording to a PTI report, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna called Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and offered aid of $ 5 million in “this hour of need”.

“Government of India has offered assistance of $ 5 million (approximately Rs. 23 crore) for provision of relief material from India for the victims of the massive floods that have adversely affected Pakistan, causing widespread damage to life and property,” said an Indian External Affairs Ministry release.

Meanwhile, Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that Rs2 trillion are required at the initial stages to redress flood losses.

Briefing the media about the current situation in Peshawar, Mian Iftikhar said that an All Parties Conference has been called on Saturday.

He made it clear that this is not the time to politicise the issue of floods and that unity should be shown.

The minister informed media that flooding in K-P has left 1,010 people dead and 968 injured. He said the number of relief camps for the flood victims has increased to 17.

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Reader Comments (88)

  • abid
    Aug 13, 2010 - 8:58PM

    we should accept itRecommend

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Aug 13, 2010 - 9:29PM

    ANP will appritiate India,s aid.Recommend

  • Syed Hussein El-Edroos
    Aug 13, 2010 - 9:30PM

    Thirsty and starving will accept help from anyone. We should accept on their behalf. This gesture will also help to improve relations between Pakistan & India.Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2010 - 9:30PM

    $ 5m is nothing, India being the claimant of emerging superpower should come up with the bigger offer.Recommend

  • Be Khabar
    Aug 13, 2010 - 9:40PM

    I am happy that India has responded after such a long gap (and criticism from international media, especially guardian newspaper).

    It is not the money, it is goodwill gesture that is important. It is a yet another step towards peace in South Asia. Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2010 - 10:07PM

    Yes.This can become the proverbial first step in a journey of a thousand miles.Recommend

  • Malik Rashid
    Aug 13, 2010 - 10:20PM

    Thank You India! Make sure the money reaches those suffering from flood-disaster. JuD, their patrons ISI /army and the thieves in Islamabad must not be allowed to eat it up. Peace.Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Aug 13, 2010 - 11:06PM

    Yes, no time for politics. We should accept all positive gestures. I read yesterday that at the time of the NA Earthquake in 2005, India offered vastly more but Pakistan had trouble accepting it and goods were left to rot at the border. See the Daily Times report yesterday.Recommend

  • Immy
    Aug 13, 2010 - 11:43PM

    Hi re KismatRecommend

  • Ali AMEEN
    Aug 14, 2010 - 12:26AM

    well, there is no harm in accepting it, at least Indians are trusting us with their aid for a change. Who says there is a trust deficit between the two countries!Recommend

  • WR
    Aug 14, 2010 - 12:28AM

    The Indians gave it to the “government” which means the pockets and bellies of our politicians. Recommend

  • Tom Godwin Diwan
    Aug 14, 2010 - 2:39AM

    Good on you INDIA ,it is just a drop in the Ocean,but everything counts,why dont they play some cricket matches for the flood relief, friendship matches.TomRecommend

  • Aug 14, 2010 - 3:54AM

    A nice gesture by Indian democratic set up,whereas we[including judiciary and hyper media] are crying for Gen.Kiyani to wrap up the half stretched mat of democracy which does not suit to Muslim mind set.Recommend

  • Kashif Chaudhry
    Aug 14, 2010 - 4:02AM

    great!! Recommend

  • Ali K.Chishti
    Aug 14, 2010 - 4:56AM

    Great magnanimity show by Indians after what we all did to them especially at 26/11 and with the David Coleman Headly’s case. Anyhow, this is time for Pakistanis to understand that the world and especially India, America and Europe doesn’t want to see Pakistan going down (no-one want’s this nation to break) and say, “thanks”.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 14, 2010 - 10:57AM

    It is good and must be appreciated, thanks India. It will prove constructive and fruitful. I hope the same gesture will be shown if India ever is in need of help.Recommend

  • Manohar
    Aug 14, 2010 - 1:01PM

    The flood has been a big human tragedy. My heart bled when I saw some pictures of those affected. It is really saddening to see innocent people go through such hardships.

    US$5m is a small token from the govt. I wish as citizens we could do more. At my end, I will pray for those who are affected. Hope things get well soon.Recommend

  • F. Alam
    Aug 14, 2010 - 3:01PM

    It is a welcome and human gesture. Let’s use it to improve relations between the two countries.

    Can we not use this to post political messages with Fake ids?? This is not youtube guys! I hope web-editor will keep keen eyes on these guys!Recommend

  • Abhijit
    Aug 14, 2010 - 4:45PM

    Yes, the people need aid, support and logistics. USD 5 Mio is pretty less, I feel. Yet, this is a good gesture. Moreover, some logistic support must also be provided. Food, blankets, materials for building temporary houses, medicines are prime here.

    Let the needy get the needed relief soon. I pray to the almighty to soon vanish the odds and let the flowers bloom again.

    -Abhijit
    Jai Hind !!Recommend

  • Concerned_Person
    Aug 14, 2010 - 5:21PM

    I think India will offer more but if the initial 5 million is accepted.

    If they offer a large amount now and its rejected by Pakistan government, the opposition will make it a big issue.Recommend

  • Pradeep
    Aug 14, 2010 - 5:51PM

    I am an Indian and I am deeply shocked by this gesture of Indian Govt.
    I would call it “Too Little Too Late”. Govt of India Should offer more,
    You might have differences with Pak Govt, But Pakistani people are our brothers and sisters. Even If All employees of Govt of India give their One day salary , it would be more than 100 crore and it would be a great help to suffering humanity in neighborhood.
    I am trying to raise funds in Singapore in my organisation.
    Hope and pray that Pakistan will overcome this crisis as well.Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 14, 2010 - 6:23PM

    I am Indian too and unlike the hypocritical other Indians who have posted sanctimonious platitudes . I feel that this is a terrible decision and I hope Pakistan refuses! India’s taxpayers are NOT paying taxes and working hard just so their hard earned money is given to the very country that has carried out so many attacks against our citizens. Even though $5 million is nothing for India, it is still too high an amount considering that the rest of the world is giving them peanuts! Where is Pakitan’s aid to India’s floods in Leh ?? How come India forever is the fool in helping those who would want to harm it??
    $5 million dollars won’t change anything between India and Pakistan, it is a waste to even try, a waste to spend our money on ungrateful recipents when we have so many needs of our own!Recommend

  • basanti
    Aug 14, 2010 - 7:02PM

    Well india too knows its not giving $5 million in money but its giving $5 million worth in relief materials.Recommend

  • V. T. Abraham
    Aug 14, 2010 - 7:10PM

    Interesting statistic.
    Aid by US(disliked by most Pakistanis) = 74 Million
    Aid by India = 5 Million
    Aid by China (2nd biggest economy and all weather friend) = 1.5 MillionRecommend

  • Shabbir Bukhari
    Aug 14, 2010 - 7:20PM

    great gesture.we should accept it.thank you india..Recommend

  • basanti
    Aug 14, 2010 - 7:20PM

    Indian government does not have their priorities straight obviously. Look at India’s condition as known to the entire world
    1. 902M people defecating the streets every day
    2. 781M people who earn less than $1 per day
    3. 803M people sleeping on road side
    4. 79% of people are illiterate
    5. 200M people suffering from Malaria
    6. 107M farmers committing suicides every year
    7. 52M children dying of diarrhea every year
    8. 209M afflicted by leprosy

    How can the poor despicable SDRE country of India afford to give $5M to the great TFTA, “better at spoken English” country of TSP? India should forget projecting ourselves as a super power and concentrate on taking care of the poor. May Allah save India!Recommend

  • dwaipayan
    Aug 14, 2010 - 7:45PM

    As of now please accept the $5 million before our government changes its mind because this aid is from the government only and not from the people of India.

    Its not about whether we can give or not we wont giveRecommend

  • Shah Rukh Kahn
    Aug 14, 2010 - 8:23PM

    The five million dollars should go directly to an Islamic charity like LeT which the Indians have wrongly accused of being ‘terrorist.” Only when India funds these so called (terrorist) charities (call it Jaziya if you will) on a regular basis, then only the threat of terrorism to India may be minimized. Otherwise, the poor and desperate people of Pakistan may have no other recourse than to vent their anger. Read Ahmed Rashid as he has forewarned the world…gimme or else!!!Recommend

  • Rahim
    Aug 14, 2010 - 8:34PM

    pretty lame offer from a country which itself is the largest Aid Recipient of the whole world but still around half of its population lives way below the poverty line. Instead of embarking on the space program & offering aid to flood-stricken Pakistan, India should spend this money for the betterment of its own people. Likewise, Pakistan should refuse this offer outright just like the musharaf regime did in 2005 earthquake.Recommend

  • Salim Dawood Rahim Elahi
    Aug 14, 2010 - 10:35PM

    Take what you get, call it Jaziya, or whatever. As long as it helps keep the poor and miserable out of terrorist camps like our friend Rahim here, Pakistan will and should thank the Indians. Shame on whoever tries to take aid and use it on another camp (a terror camp, I mean). Chaddar par naam zaroor pad lena – Made in India hua toh kya. As long as it keeps you warm, it is a good gesture. Recommend

  • Ganesh Prasad
    Aug 14, 2010 - 10:56PM

    India’s gesture is a good start, although belated and paltry, as others have pointed out. Perhaps India did not do so earlier or offer more because of the bad experience of 2005, when Indian aid for the AJK earthquake was not well received by the Pakistani government. Anyway, we need to put these behind us and take steps to better relations between our countries. We are neighbours and need to be good neighbours to each other.

    Apart from official aid, Indians should also help our Pakistani brethren at an individual level. I have made a humble contribution through Oxfam. I hope the suffering of the people affected is mitigated and they are rehabilitated as soon as possible.

    Regards,
    Ganesh PrasadRecommend

  • Phil
    Aug 15, 2010 - 12:46AM

    Interesting statistics.
    Aid by US(disliked by most Pakistanis) = 74 Million
    Aid by India = 5 Million
    Aid by China (2nd biggest economy and all weather friend) = 1.5 Million

    And people are complaining about what India has offered.
    And by the way, why even any hesitation on part of Pakistan government to accept this donation. This is such an enormous tragedy, and would the government rather see their own people starve and drown for sake of political points?Recommend

  • F. Alam
    Aug 15, 2010 - 12:53AM

    Fake Pakistanis like Shah Rukh etc are making it hate filled or a political issue. Recommend

  • sonya
    Aug 15, 2010 - 2:21AM

    I think we should accept this offer…..atleat India showed some gesture…to helped us.Recommend

  • sunny
    Aug 15, 2010 - 2:41AM

    Thanks India.We are great ful to help in that hour!Recommend

  • faraz
    Aug 15, 2010 - 3:19AM

    We should accept it, we have had enough of that childish “ideological state” narrative.Recommend

  • F. Alam
    Aug 15, 2010 - 4:27AM

    It is logical to have some hesitation as it will take some time to become friends.

    Even Indian government refused Pakistani offer of help in Gujrat earthquake and later accepted on public pressure!Recommend

  • Tilsim
    Aug 15, 2010 - 5:15AM

    @ Ganesh Prasad
    Thank you for individual donation for flood relief. Sir, you are a good human being and a great patriot. I hope your example can be followed by many more people in our neighbourhood. Generosity from ordinary folk in India means a lot to us Pakistanis in this time of crisis. I will reciprocate this kind gesture by donating for India’s natural calamities.Recommend

  • Venky
    Aug 15, 2010 - 6:57AM

    I appreciate the Govt of India to help pakistani flood victims. Why hesitation, India did not want to show the world it is donating by announcing it in the media, but diplomatically called the concerned minister to show solidarity. Guys, we are not Kafirs but humans. regardsRecommend

  • Venky
    Aug 15, 2010 - 7:00AM

    Thanks Salim Dawood Rahim Elahi for your comments. If there are millions people like you, we will not have trust deficit. regardsRecommend

  • Hassan Malik
    Aug 15, 2010 - 10:15AM

    Thank you India! Sometimes Gandhis of the world prevail over Kiyanis and Guls.Recommend

  • karthik
    Aug 15, 2010 - 12:40PM

    it is responsibility to help the people effected by floods in pakistan , GOI did the right thing..Recommend

  • Riju
    Aug 15, 2010 - 8:28PM

    Dear all …

    It is saddening to see some people from both sides of the geo-political divide, well fed and cozy in their air-conditioned spaces, bicker over who holds the moral and ideological high ground; while less fortunate human beings in Pakistan are going through moments worse than imaginable. Yes, we have hurt each other lots … but that does not mean we shouldn’t help each other in times of distress n loss. One needs only to look into the eyes of those affected infants, children n old folk, to come down from an assumed higher ground, from where one preaches religion, false pride and hatred. Please take our helping hand, my Pakistani brothers and sisters … Believe me, if feels so good to share your sadness rather than giving you one. We have spilt enough blood already. Let s see if we can behave like civilized, adult human beings, for a change …Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2010 - 9:40PM

    At times like this family comes together and India and Indians are not just neighbours – but family also. Indians and Pakistanis need to put aside politics and religion and concentrate on their common bondsRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 15, 2010 - 11:56PM

    We should not accept India of US$ 5 Million aid for the flood victims.

    Indian Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh has asked Pakistan during India’s Independence Day speech not to allow Pakistan’s terrority to be used by the terrorists in future, although Pakistan’s terrority was never used in the past against India at any time.

    What will happen if we take Indian aid for flood victims and if some thing happened in India in the near future, Mr. Manmohan Singh will blame Pakistan that Indian money which was given to Pakistan as a matter of goodwill and gesture and it is been used by Pakistan against Indian soil?Recommend

  • Isfand
    Aug 16, 2010 - 3:38AM

    Thanks Indian brothers and sisters for your sympathy.
    May God bless you all.Recommend

  • Ken
    Aug 16, 2010 - 9:20AM

    I do not think that India should have offer help to pakistan. As a gesture of pride, pakistani should reject this offer. The money coming is HARAM in islam. Pakistan is accepting money from HARAM countries that is the reason PAKISTAN is going through this turmoil. Look at any other ISLAMIC country have this kind of problem. None other then PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2010 - 9:59AM

    leave your ”giving thousand cut policy to india” and accept india’s aid. its good for common people in pakistan.calling it jazaiya tax just shows your narrow thinking..nothing else. Recommend

  • arif jamal
    Aug 16, 2010 - 10:20AM

    we should welcome indian gesture and accetp aid. if something happen in india with the same magnitude we would have also showed the same gesture toward india. we must thanks Indian government for offering help to flood ravaged people.Recommend

  • Immy
    Aug 16, 2010 - 10:54AM

    Any Update….Did Zardari accept this??????Recommend

  • Farhan
    Aug 16, 2010 - 12:44PM

    Well done India! Pakistan should accept this. for those indians who have shown regards to pakistan here are all welcome.

    @shahrukh khan.

    Khan please stop supporting Jihadi minded people who have always tried their best to destroy India-Pakistan relations by doing terrorist activities.

    @Syed A Mateen.

    Please correct your facts that Pakistani soil has never been used against its neighbours. You can find a pile of events where world knows that our people were responsible in creating problems in our neighbouring countries.Recommend

  • Anees
    Aug 16, 2010 - 12:56PM

    politics should be set aside, India should have offered more, and Pakistan should not waste time ‘considering’. Every citizen of India feels the pain of the poor people in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2010 - 2:14PM

    As a civilised country, pakistan should not turned down the indian humanitarian gesture altogether. Such calamities and humanitarian gestures are the vehicle of furthering goodwill among not-so-friendly countries like india and pakistan. However, pakistan should politely ask india to spend that money on behalf of pakistan on the survivors and affectees of 26/11 mumbai incident. India should not read too many meaning of pakistan’s response to her offer.Recommend

  • Vedam
    Aug 16, 2010 - 2:18PM

    India is dealing with a deadly and inveterate enemy Pakistan. Helping it would mean an insult to those starving millions of Indians who need the first attention of the government. Recommend

  • Pradeep
    Aug 16, 2010 - 4:15PM

    Pakistan is a brave nation that will weather this storm as well.I would expect Govt Of India to “Do More” for the suffering humanity.
    I would also expect you all to join hands together and pray for those who lost their lives .

    We blame our politician that they play politics all the time but for god sake lets not do that, if you cannot contribute in terms of Money ,Pray and all good you can do then at least dont spit venom against each other,its not the right time for that.

    I must tell you guys what i heard in a video by Quaid E Ajam M.A. Jinnah that” Musalman Musibat main ghabraya nahi karta”
    Hosla Rakho, Na-ummed mat ho. Sab Theek ho jayega.

    God bless Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 16, 2010 - 5:44PM

    They better give it to the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa government directly to make sure it is used the best for the most deserved people.Recommend

  • A. Chandra
    Aug 16, 2010 - 11:54PM

    I am Indian too and am heartened by the response of my fellow Indians. Although we were one country before 1947, Pakistan and India are still one people albeit with two governments.

    I have donated in the past to the Edhi Foundation. It was founded by the great and incorruptible Mohammad Edhi. The chances are excellent that your money will reach its recipients. You may also wish to send money to Doctors Without Borders.Recommend

  • UmEr Rajpoot
    Aug 17, 2010 - 3:00AM

    A country which resides THIRD of the poor population of the WHOLE World should give aid to its own people first.Recommend

  • Vivek Rastogi
    Aug 17, 2010 - 8:49AM

    I am happy that Govt. of India has extended support to the people of Pakistan. We may have differences but first we are human being. I request Indian Government to offer more support to Pakistani people. Also this will help in hormonizing our relationship with Govt. of Pakistan and building up the peace process in Indian sub continent. However, caution should be taken so that support reaches the innocent pakistani people who are in need.Recommend

  • Aug 17, 2010 - 10:46AM

    Even I was appalled at this paltry offer initially. Surely my country could do more. Recent reports say that the Government of India is ready and willing to offer a lot more provided the Govt. of Pakistan is willing to accept it. There is a National Disaster Management Agency in India that has lot of resources at its disposal specifically to deal with such major catastrophes and these can be used to help Pakistan too said an official and they are willing to route the help through UN if Pakistan is unwilling to accept aid directly. Common people of Pakistan should not suffer due to the bad relations between governments. I pray for the well-being of flood victims. Recommend

  • Anirudh
    Aug 17, 2010 - 12:54PM

    I think Pakistan should take this offer, would appreciate if Indian govt can make the offer to US$10+M , just read on the net situation is really bad over there Recommend

  • Praveen Kumar
    Aug 17, 2010 - 1:17PM

    just wondering why your closest friend China gave $1.5 million only. But Chinese are very willing to give you billions for Nuclear reactor help. Could it be because Chinese are just interested in using you against India and are not your real friends. I mean if there is a war you don’t expect them to come help you, or do you?
    As the Chinese saying goes “For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.”Recommend

  • sreenath
    Aug 17, 2010 - 4:30PM

    If this aid can put an end to all the hostilities, I don’t even mind, govt of India imposing a tax from whole India to help them. Some thing similar to what we did to help Bangladesh. We all know what finally happened despite all the help we gave them.
    SreenathRecommend

  • sreenath
    Aug 17, 2010 - 4:39PM

    If this aid can put an end to all the hostilities, I don’t even mind, govt of India imposing a tax from whole India to help them. Some thing similar to what we did to help Bangladesh [We had a surcharge for many years on every item]. We all know what finally happened despite all the help we gave them.
    SreenathRecommend

  • Vish
    Aug 17, 2010 - 4:47PM

    Dear friend
    UmEr Rajpoot
    Think if these help doen’t reach you people in time then forget about THIRD of the poor population of the WHOLE World in India, you will stand first in the list. Even after our poverty etc., etc., problems we Indians are offering you this guisture.

    Ask Mr. 10% to release atleast 5% out of his swiss bank account for this humanitarian purpose atleast that will be more than what we are offeringRecommend

  • mimny
    Aug 17, 2010 - 10:45PM

    Great. But has ever pak or wud have pak helped india in a similar situation or sent jihadis? True answer please.Recommend

  • mimny
    Aug 17, 2010 - 10:47PM

    Its sad to see those people, but don’t think the money will be used for them, instead most of them will be taken up by politicians and organisations as always. only part for show off will be sent to the poor. Recommend

  • Radha
    Aug 18, 2010 - 1:22AM

    Did you see the comments made by some pakistani about this good will gesture as ” Jaziya “… Who are they ? Once these were Hindus in 1700s and got changed for fear of life.. These muslims call it as jaziya .. Indians should not have first of all helped .. Do you know how much the Mullahs have contributed ? did Zardari , kayani , rahman malik , gilani has done anything as AID ? Nothing.. Even Zardari was happy in spending huge money in European Tour ?Recommend

  • F. Alam
    Aug 18, 2010 - 3:25AM

    To make things simple, maybe India should give this money into United Nations fund as both neighbours have always trust outsiders more than each other (sad!). Recommend

  • Navneet
    Aug 18, 2010 - 11:57AM

    I couldnot eat my breakfast in the morning after i watched a report on BBC regarding flood situation and condition of affected people in pakistan. I am literally weeping right now while writing this . When i feel so bad when i could not eat for one time due to some meetings. How bad those people and small children would have been feeling who have not eaten for many days and are still not sure when will they get anything to eat. May God Bring good times back soon for all the people. God bless people of Pakistan. I am rally sorry that i cannot help you personally.

    Thanks
    Navneet Sharma
    Senoir Software Engineer
    Accenture India Ltd. BangaloreRecommend

  • Navneet
    Aug 18, 2010 - 11:58AM

    Is there any way by which i can donate directly for pakistnai people and not paksitani govt. Please Guide.Recommend

  • sreenath
    Aug 18, 2010 - 1:23PM

    Dear All,
    Whether we donate or not; one thing is very clear; the young generation is concerned about humanity.With all these hostilities of several years, people find time to express their concern.Let this be a beginning of the beginning .Recommend

  • Harish Advani
    Aug 18, 2010 - 2:35PM

    How much has Pakistan’s AWF(China),contributed.On the 15Th of Aug 10,Nawaz Sharif was boasting on China’s CCTV channel that Pakistan and China are”one country with two Prime Ministers”.Presumably this gives Pakistan,by implication access to China’s currency reserves,currently the world’s largest.The greatest and fastest help has come from the US,UK,Denmark etc ,the very countries Pakistanis refer to as KUFFAR.I would suggest before your readers rush to make abusive and illogical comments they reflect inwards.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Aug 18, 2010 - 2:44PM

    The gesture shown by our indian friends is commendable. This shows that the commonman is concerned and want to help commonman regardless of borders.

    The positive comments written here by our fellow indians are appreciable and all Pakistanis respect you guys in extending moral help in times of crisis.Recommend

  • Ganesh Prasad
    Aug 18, 2010 - 2:53PM

    all Pakistanis respect you guys in extending moral help in times of crisis.

    More than moral help, hopefully. There should be more monetary contribution coming as more people understand the magnitude of the disaster. Individual contributions will usually be routed through aid agencies like Unicef, Oxfam, the Red Cross, etc., so they will probably become anonymous, but what matters is that they reach the people in need. I hope we are in time to save lives. The little ones are going through a particularly hard time.

    Regards,
    Ganesh PrasadRecommend

  • Ganesh Prasad
    Aug 18, 2010 - 3:00PM

    Navneet asked:

    Is there any way by which i can donate directly for pakistnai people and not paksitani govt. Please Guide.

    With a credit card, you can make a payment through either Oxfam or Unicef. I contributed through Oxfam.

    Oxfam: http://www.oxfam.org/
    Unicef: http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.aspx

    Regards,
    Ganesh PrasadRecommend

  • Ali Haider
    Aug 18, 2010 - 4:14PM

    Thank you, India.Recommend

  • chak
    Aug 19, 2010 - 12:09AM

    I am not sure about my feelings on this at all. The last time (during the earthquake) when India provided relief material, apparently the Pakistani authorities tore away the made in India tags and then distributed the goods. If the people/authorities had the time and money to spare to do such things i am sure they have the time and money to help their own brtheren. Again this is something that was in the indian newspapers a few days back, don’t remember which one, i follow quite a few of em, and again i don’t really trust all details given by the “media”, but there is no smoke without fire and there were no denials on this report, so am going with it.
    On the other hand, humanity is in need and they ought to be helped, no matter how many vested interests are there in between, i would say even if one life was saved and one child’s future was secured, all the money in the world would be worth it. Recommend

  • Jai
    Aug 19, 2010 - 4:33AM

    It seems the whole Indian subcontinent is plagued with corrupt politicians. If the money of all the corrupt politicians of India and Pakistan was brought back that they have siphoned off in foreign tax free havens there would be no poverty in the subcontinent. I think the biggest terrorists in the world are these secretive tax free havens like Switzerland that act all peaceful yet promote so much corruption and poverty in developing countries by allowing secretive banking for all the corrupt politicians of the developing world. It’s almost an undeclared war on the poor. Religion is truly the opiate of the masses of the subcontinent. They fight over imaginary beings while the corrupt are squeezing the very life blood out of them. They are willing to die for their religion but are not willing to fight for a revolution that would truly bring some socio-economic change in their lives. Recommend

  • Venky
    Aug 19, 2010 - 6:50AM

    Dear friends, why Pakistan is still considering? Remember in 2005 earthquake India offered 500 million dollars which Pak refused to accept except for a few relief supplies (there is report in Pak news papers that Made in Inda label was removed before distributing them). Inspite of this humiliation again India wanted to help flood victims. Guys please make a start for the new beginning. regardsRecommend

  • Jigy
    Aug 19, 2010 - 11:02AM

    Aid to ek bahana hai.. kareeb ane ka.. One more step from India to improve relationship. I just pray that it does not go in vain.Recommend

  • F. Alam
    Aug 19, 2010 - 2:16PM

    I have searched for this ‘Made in India’ tags removed and all I have found is that some people are writing on in comments section in many websites!
    Where is the link?
    Are some people making up a story and spreading it?Recommend

  • F. Alam
    Aug 19, 2010 - 2:20PM

    There is corruption on both side.

    I remember a news story which was about how Pakistani aid blankets in India were distributed to political workers of some member of Parliament near elections. They were tracked due to labels on them. Recommend

  • Venky
    Aug 19, 2010 - 10:09PM

    Dear F Alam
    My comments were based on the following link article. But since it is Times of India, people might doubt this as propoganda. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-still-debating-whether-to-send-aid-to-Pakistan/articleshow/6300981.cms#ixzz0wUBjQAWf
    There is one more article in Pak Daily times which says relief material were never used, but no mention of labels. link:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010%5C08%5C13%5Cstory13-8-2010pg7_24
    But my point is instead of going in all these things, why don’t Pakistan treat India like any other country contributing to the poor people, here is a chance to bury the hatred. regardsRecommend

  • Subhrajit
    Aug 20, 2010 - 8:46AM

    @Ken , sure bro , I am sure few people similar to ur sick mindset from both side of the border created all the trust deficit that is required to push each other downward. You should leave politics at this hour of need and accept it as a positive gesture rather than view it in your cynic lens.
    Hopefully its your personal view not the view of the majority in this forum.Recommend

  • d c bhardwaj
    Aug 20, 2010 - 4:22PM

    Lastly pak govt. accepted the aid and given thanks to Indian People,
    ending speculation now they can focus on victims who in need.Recommend

  • ggeorge
    Aug 21, 2010 - 5:13AM

    Please do remember this before you try to eliminate us next time. Hopefully, the aid reaches the needy.Recommend

  • Arub
    Aug 27, 2010 - 10:24AM

    “I do not think that India should have offer help to pakistan. As a gesture of pride, pakistani should reject this offer. The money coming is HARAM in islam. Pakistan is accepting money from HARAM countries that is the reason PAKISTAN is going through this turmoil. Look at any other ISLAMIC country have this kind of problem. None other then PAKISTAN.”

    Are you kidding me Mr. Ken?? I hope that was sarcasm b/c if it wasn’t, shame on you, you have the IQ of a raisin. Pakistan’s in this condition because Allah’s teling us to CHANGE as we’ve lost basic humanity in some parts of the country, not because we accept “HARAM” money. Kindly stop spreading hate and intolerance in the name of your perverted version of Islam. Recommend

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