Monday, March 5, 2012

US doubts Pakistan’s use of aid

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several other congressmen have expressed concerns over the diversion of its aid money by Pakistan for other purposes, even as the United States has tried to build a firewall in this regard.

“Well, we certainly have constructed one,” Clinton told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday when Senator Jim Webb asked if the US had developed a firewall for the financial aid going into Pakistan to avoid chances of US money going into the expansion of the country’s nuclear programme. “I think the fair question is: Even with a firewall, if you provide aid for other purposes, does that permit the government then to divert funds that should be spent for health, education, energy, etc to that programme?

And it remains a serious concern of mine,” Clinton said. She said that part of the ongoing dialogue with Pakistan is around the reforms the Pakistanis need to make for their own people, adding that Pakistan over the years had invested a great deal in its military. Read More