Pak ready to accept $ 5 million aid from India

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New York, Aug 20: After a long dilemma, Pakistan finally agreed to accept 5 million US dollars as aid from India for the devastating floods, which almost destroyed the country.

United States government on Thursday, Aug 19 said to Pakistan that the country should accept Indian aid as politics should not be used in the case of such disaster.

"In terms of responding to a disaster, politics should play no role. You have a country (India) that's willing to help (Pakistan). We expect that Pakistan will accept," said US spokesperson.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also called up Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday, Aug 19.

Singh offered his condolences and reminded him of the Indian government's offer saying India was ready to do more.

Within 24 hours of the ramark of US, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is in New York to drum up funding from the international community, nodded for accepting aid from India.

"I can share with you that the government of Pakistan has agreed to accept the Indian offer," said Qureshi on Friday, Aug 20.

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