Pak tribal areas too violent, ungovernable to benefit from US aid: KerryApril 16th, 2009 - 3:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr.16 (ANI): US Senator John Kerry is skeptical about the US aid being put to thwart the terror activities in the tribal areas of Pakistan as he considers the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) too violent and ungovernable to benefit from the financial assistance.
Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the security situation in the region must improve before lending the financial help to the people there.
“You’ve got to build the police and the security capacity and then you can follow in to assist the citizens. You can’t yet spend the money there. It is too dangerous there,” The Dawn quoted Kerry, as saying.
Kerry pointed out that establishing peace in the region was very important as only then people would be able to stand against the extremists.
“If you can begin to bring law enforcement to the task, then the majority of people who don’t want to live under those insurgents or under the Taliban will dare to stand up,” he said.
The US financial aid bill, known as the Kerry-Lugar bill provides Pakistan development aid to build schools, roads, health clinics in the country, but the continuous militant activities in the tribal region has raised questions over the aid being ever utiliz for the right purpose.
Commenting on the missile strikes being carried out by unmanned US Predator airplanes against militant hideouts in the region, Kerry said the drone attacks were actually popular in the tribal areas just opposite to Islamabad’s claims that they are proving counterproductive.
“The fact is that many people out here understand that that is making their lives safer,” he said. (ANI)
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