Kerry urges US to tighten control over aid to Pak


Express May 28, 2010

WASHINGTON:

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.


COMMENTS (1)

ali hamdani | 10 years ago | Reply The military aid to Pakistan is a plus that we must utilize to defeat the Taliban in the northern regions with transparency. Unless and until we do not capture and rahbilitate these militants, we cannot prosper as a nation. It is time we take some serious measures regarding this problem.
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