Fear of 'flood aid embezzlement' behind international donors' reluctance: Pak analyst

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Lahore, Sept 9 (ANI): The international community is reluctant to dole out aid to flood survivors in Pakistan over fears that the funds donated for the purpose might be embezzled, said the Daily Times editor and senior political and economy analyst Rashed Rahman.

The situation would work to the benefit of terrorists for increasing their activities, while the army remained engaged in flood relief work, the Daily Times quoted Rahman, talking to a TV channel, as saying.

He said that though there was a "trust-deficit" due to which international donors were reluctant to contribute towards flood relief, the West also realised that if they would not support Pakistan with monetary aid, welfare organisations linked to terrorists would step in with contributions and take advantage of the situation.

Rehman said that the US and Europe had chosen to channel 80 percent of aid through non-government organisations (NGO's), but as mentioned by Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, 50 to 60 percent of it would go back to donor countries as overhead costs.

"We talk about economy, finance, industry and investment but the pre-flood condition of the people were never addressed," the analyst noted.

Rahman pointed out that investment returns in the country were high, but foreign investors avoided investing there because of terrorism and the perception created by ex-investors who had left the nation. (ANI)

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