Pakistan won’t accept Indian aid directly

Published: August 29, 2010
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has pleaded with Pakistan to accept the offered aid. PHOTO: EPA

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has pleaded with Pakistan to accept the offered aid. PHOTO: EPA

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has formally conveyed to India that it cannot accept directly the $5 million aid offered for flood victims but that it can be routed through the United Nations, the Foreign Office confirmed on Saturday.

“We have conveyed to India that they can send their aid through the UN,” spokesperson Abdul Basit told The Express Tribune. “We have asked them to hand over their assistance package to the UN organisations working in India,” he added.

However, Basit would not cite any reasons for Pakistan’s reluctance to accept the Indian aid directly. “We have appreciated the offer but it’s not appropriate to publicly discuss the reasons for our decision to accept it through the UN,” he added.

Pakistan was earlier reluctant to accept the Indian offer. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh telephoned his Pakistani counterpart, Yousaf Raza Gilani, on August 19 to reiterate the offer. The United States also urged Islamabad to accept the Indian aid, saying that politics should have no role in the humanitarian crisis.

Finally, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed to the media in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s special session on August 20 that Pakistan had decided to accept the offer. However, despite the announcement, the two countries could not agree on the modalities for transporting the relief goods.

On Saturday, Pakistan decided that it would not accept the Indian offer directly, saying that it should be routed through the UN.

Official sources told The Express Tribune that Pakistan declined the offer due to the strained ties between the nuclear armed-neighbours. Pakistan had accepted Indian aid directly after the 2005 deadly earthquake. However, at that time relations between the two countries were improving as a result of the composite dialogue process launched in early 2004.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Arfan Alam
    Aug 29, 2010 - 2:25PM

    American Policy: First declare loan and assistance to Pakistan and then force to war against terrorists and Pakistan’s internal matters .

    India doing same: First releases bulk of water into Pakistan(Now Sutluj) and then AID. Recommend

  • Aug 29, 2010 - 3:39PM

    What a cop out! first you want aid, then when it comes, you also list out the terms on how to recieve it! I hope the hyper-patriot, politico-intelligence zsar for whom accepting indian aid was beneath his stature, sleeps well in his state funded plush house while 20 million suffer!Recommend

  • soumya
    Aug 29, 2010 - 6:39PM

    What we are untouchables…. ?
    that after ‘shuddhi-karan’ from the UN you can take out relief…

    Please take back the money…. utilise it in Leh…
    TAKE IT BACK !!!!!Recommend

  • Nasir Mustafa
    Aug 29, 2010 - 7:17PM

    We want aid but on over own terms and conditions. It was a good gesture on part of the Indian government but we declined. Actually bureaucracy and politicians have no interest with the welfare and betterment of the suffering masses. India is our neighbour and good relations with her is in our interest. We welcome aid from every nook and cranny of the world except India, this is the mind set. How can we have good relations with India in the given backdrop. Just rhetoric can not serve our purpose!

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 29, 2010 - 7:43PM

    Pakistan has made a correction decision.Recommend

  • Aslam
    Aug 29, 2010 - 8:17PM

    Beggars can’t be choosers! I think the Govt. needs to get that in mindRecommend

  • Sardar Khan.
    Aug 29, 2010 - 10:01PM

    Mind you we are not beggars.We must keep dignity inspite of our cossal loses.Nations must be proud and must distingwish between friends and foes.India is our No;-1,enemy,don’t forget that.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Aug 29, 2010 - 11:13PM

    It turns out beggars ARE choosers.

    India has made put the money on the table. Pakistan can leave it or take it. We have made the humanitarian gesture, if Pakistan doesn’t care about its own citizens then its not our problem.

    Pakistan is in desperate need of aid but India should not be that desperate to give. After all that money is the result of blood and sweat of Indian citizens. We can always give that money to the victims of Leh cloudburst. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Aug 30, 2010 - 4:24AM

    @Sardar Khan…. totally agree with u
    @Aslam….FYI we did chooseRecommend

  • curious
    Aug 30, 2010 - 10:37AM

    lol at the outrage. if india is so sincere giving “aid” then do it through the U.N. No one was begging it for its help in the first place.Recommend

  • Lala
    Sep 20, 2010 - 9:56AM

    Wow, disgusting. So ego wins? What happened to caring about people? The population of Pakistan, the citizens?

    Sick. Recommend

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