Coalition Support Fund payments: Pakistan unhappy over donor inaction

Gilani meets Frank Ruggiero; urges US to speed up release of Kerry-Lugar assistance funds.

Kamran Yousaf January 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is unhappy with the passivity of western countries, including the United States, to meet its immediate economic and security needs.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is reported to have told acting US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiero that donor countries should do more to help the country.

Gilani also urged the US to speed up the release of funds appropriated under the Kerry-Lugar assistance package for high-visibility projects, particularly in the energy sector.

According to the statement issued after the meeting, the premier said that he regretted that important donor countries have only partially honoured their financial commitments.

“The prime minister underlined that the assistance being offered by Pakistan’s friends and allies as well as by international financial institutions should have taken into account the objective conditions and Pakistan’s sacrifices to ensure that ordinary people do not face further hardships,” the official statement said.

He also asked the US government to accelerate the release of Coalition Support Fund (CSF)payments and work with the new Congress for tabling the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones legislation.

Welcoming the agreements that were signed earlier in the day, the prime minister hoped that they would contribute towards his government’s efforts to redress the hardship of the flood victims.

He also informed the US envoy of his discussion with Afghan leaders during his visit to Kabul last month.

Pakistan supports political dialogue and the reconciliation process in Afghanistan but believed that it should be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned”, he added.

The US envoy said his country recognised Pakistan’s military and civilian sacrifices in the battle against extremism.

He said the US government would expedite the disbursement of its assistance to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar legislation through USAID and payments under the CSF.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2011.

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singh | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend Pakistan is 1 day older than India. (Remember 14thAug/15th Aug). After so long still unhappy for alum it is getting from world over. When we give some money to beggar we give it out of pity. Now just imagine a beggar come to you & ask for help with authority like it is his right & ask you to pay him on his demand , What you will do? Bow to him & ask for forgiveness or kick his butt. Official statement are so funny from GOP. Flood, terrorism, economic melt down are Pakistan internal problem. Either you keep your mullah or feudal happy or work for progress. If state of Pakistan state stay like this it will stay like beggar. Only difference is it will blackmail the world with Nuke. (Begging with Arm in hand is called robbing.
Arrosa khan | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend Regarding AM's comments; the aid recieved so far has been enough to only buy fancy lamps and chairs. The next round of aid will take care of the tape and telephone cable. You got to be patient!! Our leaders are extremely careful about spending money that they dont yet have.
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