Pakistan to be the biggest recipient of UKAID

Published: June 2, 2011
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Mitchells said that the programme is designed to help children get into schools. PHOTO: FILE

Mitchells said that the programme is designed to help children get into schools. PHOTO: FILE

UK Secretary of State for Department of International Development, Andrew Mitchells, said Pakistan will be the biggest development programme partner of UKAID next year.

Mitchells said that the programme is designed to help children get into schools.

He added that Britain is committed to work with Pakistan to ensure four million children get into schools, particularly in Karachi, in next four years.

The British secretary said apart from education, Britain will also work with the government of Pakistan in health, economy, democracy and governance.

He also visited a health care centre in Karachi and met with lady health workers providing services for women.

Earlier Britain announced it will cut funding to some international aid organisations and will put some others on notice that they risk losing funding if they do not improve their performance.

In a major shake-up of its 6.5 billion pound ($10.56 billion) aid budget, Britain said it will also stop giving aid to more than a dozen countries while focusing its help on the poorest countries and “fragile” or war-torn states, officials said. Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan expected to be the major beneficiaries.

The new plan will concentrate British efforts on the most deep-rooted poverty, with Ethiopia, Pakistan and Bangladesh likely to be the biggest recipients.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 2, 2011 - 6:32PM

    There is a very large opposition to this very idea, locally in UK, and I for one will make strong protest against providing Aid, without clear accounting procedure and transparency as to the end beneficiary.
    Otherwise the Answer should be straight NO to AID, in regards to Pakistan!!!
    We the Taxpayers in UK too deserve some respect for our hard earned money.Recommend

  • Gappoo
    Jun 2, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Kaching !! Recommend

  • amarjamali
    Jun 2, 2011 - 7:25PM

    thanks mr cameronRecommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 2, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Good to know the begging bowl still has a few people filling it.Recommend

  • Patrick
    Jun 2, 2011 - 8:20PM

    So Pakistan is going to get close to £650 Million from the western ‘enemy’.

    Just out of interest how much has your ‘all weather friend’ China given you ?Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jun 2, 2011 - 9:58PM

    @Hedgefunder….for someone who gets bailed out by the UK tax payer – the biggest bailout ever recorded in human history – i am astounded that you of all the people would moan about UK aid to Pakistan. The tax payers in the UK have been hosed by people like you for hundreds of billions of pounds so you sir HAVE NO SAY about aid to poor countries. Parasites!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:00PM

    @Grace:
    Masters of what?? Why were our rulers at the time so bloody stupid and divided to let them in first place???
    Even when we achieved our freedom from the British, just exactly what has been achieved ?? it took India over 40 years to realise and liberalise its economy and actually allow foreign investments in the country, while in Pakistan the ruling class were too busy in fighting each other for power and control and hence developing the Bomb , that they forgot their social responsiblity to its people and a break up of the country!!! If that was not enough than they further proceeded in their wisdom on policy of creating an Islamic Republic!! For few Saudi oil Dollars !!
    The result of these policies is todays Pakistan!!!!!Recommend

  • Arvind
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:27PM

    Call them enemy, feed on their money, btw how much all weather friend China is putting in the bowl?Recommend

  • fahim
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:28PM

    decade old inherent double speak has killed our social values… billions and billions of US, UK and western hard earned taxpayer money is wasted, while we keep shouting slogans against them. We stab the hand that feeds us, just to keep false ego of ISI/Military going….. shame on us. How much help has come from our muslim brotherhood and china???? We have become utterly ungrateful. Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 2, 2011 - 10:51PM

    @Patrick:
    “All Weather Friend” is doing a lot other things. It builds roads and highways which enables your lovely forces to eat in Afghanistan. They invested in Nuclear Energy to light peoples homes.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:04PM

    @Patrick….for the 200 years of rule and all the problems in Kashmir that Great Britain left behind; small amount of aid is not that bad a compensation is it?Recommend

  • Patricks Dad
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:23PM

    My son China has given us the land we live on despite our foolish wars. If it wasnt for China we wouldve been resting in Indias stomach by now. Recommend

  • amarjamali
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:29PM

    @patrick.we are not fighting war for china so china doesnt need to compensate us but inspite of that china has contributed lot in building infrastructre in our country.specially their aid for constructing dams will help us lot in overcoming ectricity shortage in future.as far as western countries are concerned they must help us as we are fighting to protect their citizens because talibans were not against us before 911. We took confrontation with talibans on behalf of usa,uk etc.Recommend

  • ghairatmand
    Jun 2, 2011 - 11:51PM

    So where are the Khuddars of Pakistan who vowed to ban cash from western world and join hands with their true ally China who haven’t till date given them penny. China just trades never aids :)Recommend

  • Jerry white
    Jun 3, 2011 - 12:21AM

    Paksitan is fighting US war, and Pakistani money that has to be used on education and other welfare of its people, is now being spent on the war, US, UK provided 20 percent of that money in last 10 years. at least UK realized it that the fault is on our side that we ignored pakistan and left him alone in their hard times, and thats what makes them think that we are their enemies. for the past 60 years paksitan wanted us to free their land which india captured long ago they call it Indian Occupied Kashmir, every day India kill 20 people in IOK on average, what have we done to help pakistan??? India created instability in an area of Pakistan (Balochistan), what we did???? just this that we have concerns over indian involvement in Balochistan. to kill a terrorist we bomb a whole town and kill hundreds, not accounting the ones who are not died but disabled. and when a journalist gets hold of the story then we apologize, otherwise we can’t hear their cries. and yet we think “why they consider us enemy?”. ah well if a doctor doesn’t cure your wond but instead cuts your throat so thats fine with you??? and event wonds are themselve created by us the doctors, ha ha so pathetic, people commenting here and there just after listening to the BBC and CNN, have you ever heared their story from their perspective. you ignorent childs born from the news of BBC, CNN, Fox etc….Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 3, 2011 - 1:07AM

    Receiving the most aid in the world, the Pakistani establishment and deep state would continue bad mouthing the West. The naive people of Pakistan only know one thing that the whole free world is against Pakistan and Muslims. How much money did Saudi Arabia has given to Pakistan?

    Pakistanis try to create make believe friends vs the west. They imagine that there are other countries looking to give monies out to Pakistan. If they do not have false pride or ego, why would they even think about foreign aid? China or any other country is not going to throw money at any nation. On one hand they boast about being a nuclear power with more than hundred nuclear devices. On the other they are begging and accepting monies for the whole world, no matter which country it is coming from.

    A very serious and important point regarding the people of Pakistan is that foreign aid mostly goves to the miliatary. Common people do not see any benefit of aid. It is strongly recommended that the aid should only be:

    Economic and not military. No cash only goods with strong (education, healthcare, computers, agriculture) oversight. Kerry Lugar Bill has some conditions of oversight that is why the military touts were shouting against it.

    Once people would see the benefits of aid, the hatred toward the West would be countered. Right now people hear so much about the aid but do not see any difference in their lives. For them the donors are liars and get back what they give. Recommend

  • Tauqeer
    Jun 3, 2011 - 4:04AM

    @Patric, stop listening to BBC, CNN, Fox and go to Pakistan and look for the chinees development over there. its better for US and UK to accept their failure and stop media propaganda against pakistan, which only got 20% of war expenses from US/UK, the war which wasn’t event ours, but after worst planning of US army, taliban stormed into Pakistan. which are even successfully pushed back by Pakistani Army. but US is not accepting a siezer of the border by Pakistan with Afghanistan, why???Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2011 - 6:20AM

    give it to mullah fazlur rehman so he can turn that into madrassas for more battery farmed mullahs for pakistanRecommend

  • pl/sql
    Jun 3, 2011 - 11:10AM

    I wonder how much China gives Pakistan in “aid”.Recommend

  • Jun 3, 2011 - 7:08PM

    @Mirza:
    According to Late President Ayub Khan all loans are welcomed which are given WITHOUNT any strings attached.

    If Saudi Arabia / UAE gives any aid for education, lot of hue and cry is made. However, when it is received from UK or any European country, no body objects. I fail to understand this duplicate thinking.

    Some Countries, like Japan does not make is public if it gives any aid or soft loan to Pakistan.

    Pakistan needs money to prosper its economy and Industrialization. When Indo-Pakistan were independent in 1947, it was irony that Pakistan did not had a single Industry and all the Industries were with India. This was unfair distribution of Industries. Above all India also did not pay any claims and Pakistan was in dire state at that time.

    But Alhamdollilah, today we have plenty of Indutries and Inshallah we will have more to over-take Agriculturian economy which is the need of the hour.

    However, for all this we need dedication, time, zeal and assistance from our friendly countries “without any strings attached”.

    All such aids are welcomed especially in the field of Education which Pakistani children needs the most.Recommend

  • Balma
    Jun 3, 2011 - 8:02PM

    The British East India Company stole billions and triliions of pounds from good ole India of which Pakistan was a part till 47. On top of that, they borrowed millions of pounds (sikka raaij-ul-waqt) from the navab’s of Lucknow (Avadh) and Nizam of Hyderabad and other rajas and navaabs sch as the navab of Arcot (Madras). What happened to all those loans?
    Many of the governor generals of India and English residents at princely courts were corrupt. Check out russel and Palmer corruption in the case of Hyderabad. Even individuals made so much money by crookery and cheating that some of them then went over to the US and started universities with that money (Yale and Brown are examples of universities built in the US from the money stolen from India).

    It is now time to pay back for our friends.

    To the Pakistanis: stop this aid nonsense and collect taxes from within. Pakistan does not need these tiny puny aid amounts. Pakistan is a rich country except no one wants to pay taxes, from mochee to doctors to zamindars.Recommend

  • lolz
    Jun 4, 2011 - 11:57AM

    @Saad Durrani
    lol,, that is investment, not aid, both are different,Recommend

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