Coalition Support Fund payments: Pakistan unhappy over donor inaction

Published: January 7, 2011
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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani meets acting US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiero at the Parliament House, Islamabad. PHOTO: SANA

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani meets acting US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Frank Ruggiero at the Parliament House, Islamabad. PHOTO: SANA

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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Reader Comments (10)

  • GG
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:15AM

    what a shameless nation of beggers…Recommend

  • Manish
    Jan 7, 2011 - 3:02PM

    Isn’t this funny ……….. Pakistan lives on aid and donation and accuses Indians of living under a dollar per day??Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Jan 7, 2011 - 4:26PM

    Instead of applying for a seat in the Security council of UN Pakistan Leaders should apply for the New Post of “Chairman of the United Nations of Beggar countries”. I promise you that their seat is guaranteed.
    With shameless corruption and looting carried out. by these leaders we will never in this life time see a wealthy Nation. In fact Pakistan now carries a Gold Plated. Begging Bowl.Recommend

  • Hafiz shah Ali
    Jan 7, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Does someone realise that world laughs at Pakistan’s constant begging.

    Our FM listed the flood losses at $43 billion and the International community laughed loudly.

    We fail to collect tax from rich and semi rich and are fiscally irresponsible.
    We do not want RGST
    we reverse the decision on increase in petrol price
    government is doing nothing about reducing expences
    we do not do anything about runaway corruption

    world should tell Pakistan: get your economic house in order first before you ask for aid.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Jan 7, 2011 - 5:20PM

    @Manish
    We may be poor but not BEGGERSRecommend

  • AM
    Jan 7, 2011 - 8:05PM

    I must agree fully with Mr. Hafiz Shah Ali.

    As well, looking at the picture it is humourous to see telephone cord attached with a tape in the PM office. Haven’t we had enough foreign aid to warrant a better set-up that is likely to be shown all around the world. Or did the PM and his family took the last $’s and left us with a tape to tie the cord.

    One can only hope but I have to say it is fading rapidly. And why should US and other “friends” give more/quickly when we are doing nothing about our own situation. I think reforms must firat come from home; right?Recommend

  • Dark Lord
    Jan 7, 2011 - 8:52PM

    What happened to Pakistan’s all weather friend, China?

    By the way, Pakistan has easy way to earn foreign exchange by exporting onions to India which it is refusing to do so.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Jan 8, 2011 - 12:43AM

    US just gave Pakistan $190 Million last week. I saw this piece of news on this very newspaper.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/100005/us-to-give-190-mln-to-pakistan-flood-fund/

    What is Pakistan whining about?

    Why is it always the West which is not helping? China donates 1/10th of what US donates and you guys start crying with “brotherly” love. When US does it, you dont even notice it.

    Stop whining and ask some money from the Chinese who have $3 Trillion as Foreign Reserve. Or, face the fact that China is just using Pakistan for its benefit. Chinese goods have already destroyed your industry under the idiotic Free Trade Agreement, it owes Pakistan this atleast.Recommend

  • Arrosa khan
    Jan 8, 2011 - 3:04AM

    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.Recommend

  • singh
    Jan 8, 2011 - 7:40AM

    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.Recommend

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