Media watch: Terrorist threats and lack of trust

As the US tries to improve its image, Pakistan needs to establish a relationship of trust with its donors.

Ali Syed August 26, 2010

Media watch is a daily round-up of key articles featured on news websites, hand-picked by The Express Tribune web staff.

Pakistan floods: Taliban vows to kidnap foreign aid workers

"According to information available to the US government, [Pakistan militant group] Tehreek-e-Taliban plans to conduct attacks against foreigners participating in the ongoing flood relief operations in Pakistan," the official said. (

UN for direct donations in Swiss, Pak bank accounts

While urging more international donations, Washington’s aid chief warned during a visit to the country that the purse strings may be cut for Pakistan’s long rehabilitation effort ahead if the government cannot prove that it is spending money properly. (

US struggles with image in Pakistan

The US reputation in a country the Obama administration sees as crucial to defeating the Taliban and al Qaeda is so tarnished that even millions of dollars from Washington and the work of US soldiers and diplomats will probably do little to change the thinking of most Pakistanis. (

Pak flood: UN refugee agency seeks USD 120m

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it will now need USD 120 million, up from the USD 41 million the agency sought previously, to enable it provide emergency shelter and other forms of assistance to an estimated 2 million people during the next four months. (

World Bank and ADB to launch joint damage and needs assessment

"The ADB and WB will collaborate with One UN and other key donors through participation and sharing of information." DNAs are generally conducted in the shortest possible time immediately after a natural disaster to provide the government and international community with a credible assessment of the extent of the damage and an estimate of the cost to reconstruct and rehabilitate the damaged infrastructure and services. (

Relief Goods collection in full swing in all US states

Pakistani American Association of Greater Houston has made Pakistan center Hall as the collection center for relief goods and donations, where the community members are depositing all kinds of relief items with great passion. (


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