Breaking the begging bowl:  Can Pakistan survive without US aid?
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2018-01-08 13:02:59

Breaking the begging bowl:  Can Pakistan survive without US aid?

 

 Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has declared himself mystified by US threats to cut off funding, saying that the US financial assistance was “very, very insignificant” and that Pakistan was “on the forefront of the war on terror”.

 

In an interview with the Guardian, Abbasi said that reports that the US was considering cuts of up to $2bn in security assistance were bewildering because of the total aid Pakistan – civilian and military – actually received was a tiny fraction of that amount.

 

 

The aid in the last five years at least has been less than $10m a year. It is a very, very insignificant amount. So when I read in the paper that aid at the level of $250m or 500 or 900 has been cut, we at least are not aware of that aid.”

 

Donald Trump used his first tweet of 2018 to threaten to withhold aid to Pakistan because of what he called its “lies and deceit” over terrorism, claiming: “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.” The president has that the US had “foolishly” given Pakistan $33bn over the past 15 years.

 

 

In Pakistan number of political parties contested elections on the slogan of breaking the bowl but it never happen and Pakistan always relied upon US aid. And it is also a fact that it was only US that provided hard cash to Pakistan.

 

 

Now the question is that can Pakistan survive without US aid? The answer is very simple and that is Yes, because most of the US aid is boggled up by the top echelons and a very meager portion of this aid was spent on country and masses, and Chief Minister Punjab himself confessed that blockage of US aid would only effect the elite of Pakistan and it would not effect the country and poor.

 

Apart from this CPEC would soon become functional and it would be a great support to Pakistan economy. Also China has pledged a support to Pakistan in case US withholds its aid. Therefore Pakistan’s economy is not going to be damaged by stoppage of US aid.

pk.shafaqna.com

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