June 28, 2011

Post-Laden: US to Restrict Aid to Pakistan

Senior Fellow, US International Role, Chatham House

There are a number of people with in the US Government today, particularly with in Congress, who are questioning whether that support is being used in a way that is supportive of American interests as well of Pakistan interests. There are questions today in the US Government whether the numbers, the support for the ex-military and the focus on support of the military should be reassigned to support for the social sector. So, I think, there are many questions today in the US about whether the financial support that we are providing to Pakistan is being used in the most effective way and is being used effectively.

I don’t think there’s a chance that the U.S. is going to stop providing aid to Pakistan. I think the United States might make its assistance more conditional. I think it might reassign its assistance away from the military towards social and economic end. But, I do not think the United States is going to stop assistance to Pakistan.

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