Kerry urges US to tighten control over aid to Pak

Express May 28, 2010


US Senator John F Kerry urged the State Department to tighten controls over $1.45 billion in aid to Pakistan this year over fears of misappropriation.

The Senator warned that if the money is squandered or stolen, a massive five-year effort by the US to help Pakistanis could collapse.

The Massachusetts Democrat wrote a letter to The Boston Globe, elucidating the fear among the Pakistani population that the funds will merely enrich the corrupt elite.

The aid is part of a landmark, five-year $7.5 billion assistance package to Pakistan that was pushed through Congress last year.

This is Kerry's most forceful statement yet on how he believes the money should be spent.

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