India offers $5 million

By AFP
Published: August 14, 2010
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Krishna expressed dissatisfaction over Pakistan's attitude in dealing with the culprits of the Mumbai attack. PHOTO: REUTERS

Krishna expressed dissatisfaction over Pakistan's attitude in dealing with the culprits of the Mumbai attack. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DEHLI: India has offered five million dollars in assistance to Pakistan.

“India has offered the assistance for provision of relief material from India for the affectees of the massive floods,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and “conveyed deepest sympathies and condolence to the people of Pakistan,” the statement said. The Indian offer of assistance comes during a period of strained relations between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan’s government says 14 million people face direct or indirect harm from the floods, while the United Nations has warned that children are among the most vulnerable.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Aug 14, 2010 - 12:06PM

    5m is nothing, India being the claimant of emerging superpower they should offer more.Recommend

  • Rahim
    Aug 14, 2010 - 12:32PM

    hope this aid gets to deserving people unlike the previous times when all of the hefty aid landed into the pockets of some corrupt bureaucrats (and “saahibs”)Recommend

  • Faisal Memon
    Aug 14, 2010 - 1:41PM

    They could have helped by not releasing loads of water from their dams that contributed to the floods.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2010 - 2:44PM

    @Faisal, you mean they should have destroyed themselves to save Pakistanis ?Recommend

  • Isfand
    Aug 14, 2010 - 2:59PM

    Recieving 5 million is still better than recieving nothing.Recommend

  • John Donne
    Aug 14, 2010 - 7:05PM

    Poor Indians! They need it more than we do. Let India take care of them first. Charity begins at home. Let’s in fact create a standing Charity Organisation to help poor Indians. They are our cousins, though estranged. Doesn’t matter the least. It’s our internal matter. And will be sorted out sooner or later. Believe me, I mean it in earnest.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 14, 2010 - 8:18PM

    @Tanzeel,

    “5m is nothing, India being the claimant of emerging superpower they should offer more.”

    5 Million $ translate to 400000000 Pakistani rupees. Considering Pakistan has been gainst India for 2 decades, this decision shows how big India’s heart is.

    If you want more money then Pakistan can always ask its close friend China whose economy is 4 times as big as India’s(now).

    And, how much did the filthy rich Saudi brothers of Pakistan give? Paltry 55 Million dollars. Surely, being a fellow Muslim state and a oil rich country it can give more. Too bad.

    @John Donne,

    What on earth are you talking about? Yes, there are poor in India and there are numerous problems. But, India doesn’t beg for aid. Remember Zardari and Gilani begging the world in the Friends of Pakistan(FoP) forum? Or, Mushy selling fellow Al Qaeda members in Pakistan to the US for 500$ per head?

    http://www.hindu.com/2003/06/26/stories/2003062604501200.htmRecommend

  • naveed
    Aug 15, 2010 - 12:57AM

    i think its a positive step by the indian Govt.Pakistan should welcome. Recommend

  • Mango man
    Aug 15, 2010 - 1:10AM

    no thanks !! keep itRecommend

  • yousaf
    Aug 16, 2010 - 9:38AM

    Thanks but we don’t want it, reasons so many.Recommend

  • Aug 19, 2010 - 7:33PM

    the traditions and customs in india and pakistan and also elsewhere in the world are as such that ill-will, enmity and feud between people are kept aside on marriage and grief occasions and they share happiness and grief together. The floods in pakistan have caused havoc and aid from different corners of the world is being sought and welcomed. By this donation india will undoubtedly score plus points in the comity of nations and pakistan’s decision not to accept it will not be appreciated.
    We should accept the donation with thanks and give it back for the victims of flood in their controlled part of kashmir, or if we are going to accept it, ask for only those indian goods against this aid which we do need and not that indian surplus goods are dumped. Let’s hope indian gesture will help improve relations between the two countries which were bedevilled by 26/11 mumbai incident.Recommend

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