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Will not tolerate corruption in aid distribution: US to Pakistan

Amid concerns about the high level corruption in aid distribution in Pakistan, the United States has said it will not tolerate corruption in distribution of aid and flood relief work in the flood-hit country.



Washington: Amid concerns about the high
level corruption in aid distribution in Pakistan, the United
States has said it will not tolerate corruption in
distribution of aid and flood relief work in the flood-hit
country.

"We will not tolerate corruption. The assistance that
we are providing is for the people of Pakistan. We want to see
this assistance get directly to the people of Pakistan," State
Department spokesman P J Crowley said amidst concerns being
expressed in the US media about the high level corruption in
aid distribution in Pakistan.

"We have experience based on the earthquake. We are
working directly with Pakistani officials who themselves were
involved in the earthquake. That helps us with the kind of
cooperation and seamless support that we are looking for.

"In terms of assistance, there`s all kinds of
assistance. Some of it is direct support through our military
stocks directly to the Pakistani people. In some cases, it`s
through non-governmental organisations," Crowley said.

Noting that the US was the midst of transforming its
relationship with Pakistan, he said the strategic dialogue was
part of that effort.

"We expect Pakistan to do many things for itself. We
are committed to help Pakistan build the kind of institutions
of government, establish the kind of relationship between its
government and its own people," he said.

"We do have expectations that Pakistan will deal with
the threat inside its borders which is a threat to Pakistan
itself as well as being a threat to the US. We do expect
Pakistan to reform its government system. It does need to
increase its tax revenue. Pakistan has taken some steps in
that direction. It clearly needs to do more," Crowley said.

"Over time, Pakistan is going to need to stand on its
two feet. We are willing to help them along that journey, but
definitely as we provide help, there are clearly things that
we expect Pakistan to do for itself," he said.

Acknowledging that there is distrust that has been
built up the two countries, he said this is a two-way street.

"As the Secretary (of State, Hillary Clinton) said
last October, Pakistanis have questions of the United States,
we have questions of Pakistan, but we are working to build the
kind of long-term strategic partnership that we think benefits
both countries," Crowley said.

PTI

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