The Pendleton Panther

Pakistan Rejecting Billions

Posted on: October 14, 2009

$7.5 Billion is nothing to sneeze at, but it would seem that many Pakistani citizens are doing just that.  In a recent Gallup poll, 85% of people living in Pakistan think that the nation should accept the massive amount of aid that would be given to them by the Kerry-Lugar bill.  Only 25% of those polled even think that the billions would improve the life of the average Pakistani.  Pakistan is wary to accept the money as they are less than eager to satisfy some of the conditions.  Senator John Kerry asserts that the conditions will do nothing to infringe on Pakistan’s sovereignty, but exist only to ensure cooperation in counterterrorism and procure direct access to Pakistani Nationals involved with nuclear proliferation.  The Institute of Policy Studies in Islamabad, however, goes so far as to call the tone of the bill downright humiliating.  The poll taker, Mr. Galini, conceded that his nation may seem ungrateful, but argues that there is a limited amount of good that foreign aid can do.

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