Squandering of US aid money an insult to brave Pak soldiers: PPP

December 25th, 2007 - 2:50 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Dec 25 (ANI): The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has expressed its shock over a New York Times (NYT) report that there were too few controls over how US aid money of over five billion dollars was spent by Pakistan to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The report said that Pakistan had received up to 11 billion dollars in aid from the US, of which over five billion dollars never reached the military units.
“This is an insult to the brave soldiers of Pakistan who have always upheld their commitment to safeguard the countrys borders,” PPP Information Secretary Sherry Rehman said.
She said that the NYT report had exposed corruption in certain sections of defence, as there was hardly any justification for purchases made under various heads with the US money.
Rehman also expressed PPPs concern over the mismanagement of the US funds.
“The purpose of war against terrorism is not only to eliminate terrorists, but to eradicate the root cause of terrorism. How can terrorism be rooted out if such a paltry allocation is made to critical social sectors,” she added.
The report had revealed the inability of the military regime to fight a war that was most important for the safety of its own citizens, the Daily Times quoted Rehman, as saying.
“This also reflects the importance of a sovereign and strong Parliament to safeguard the life and interests of both civilians and the military,” she said.
Rehman termed the 2002-2007 Parliament as the “rubber stamp Parliament”, which had failed in performing its constitutional duties and safeguarding public interests.
“The PPP is clear in its anti-terrorism stand and will work towards empowering the parliament, the public and the military to work jointly against the menace of terrorism,” she said. (ANI)

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