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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Foreign Relief Aid to Pakistan So Far for Flood Relief

Note: the following is from an email I received today


It's interesting and very sad, but not surprising, to note that India, which only last week extended a $1 billion line of credit to Bangladesh has provided zero aid to Pakistan during this terrible flood. The people affected by this terrible disaster are ordinary poor people that have lost everything and are as subcontinental as the rest of us. It is churlish and unbecoming of the Indian claim to represent an entire multi-faith, multi-ethnic civilization.

The feelings are mutual; I have seen several Pakistani politicians and commentators express strong, sometimes virulent, anti-India feelings on Pakistani TV channels, and talk of "Pakistan won freedom from "the Hindus"" is not even controversial in Pakistan. Likewise, anti-Pakistan feelings run deep among much of India's urban middle-class, and the extremist attitudes of parties such as the Shiv Sena and some BJP leaders are well-known.

When you add the pre-partition riots, the partition genocide, four wars, three near-wars, the genuine dispute over Kashmir, India's suppression of Kashmiri aspirations and murder of thousands of innocent civilians, the Pakistani military's arming and training of Sikh militants and then murderous Wahhabi groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, and then the infamous Mumbai attacks, you have a potent brew of vicious antagonism that appears to be irreversible in our lifetime.

Sarang

Data summary

Aid pledged and funded to Pakistan

As of August 9, 2010. Click heading to sort
Donor
Committed funding USD
% of Grand Total
Uncommitted pledges USD
Committed funding in $ per head of pop
SOURCE: UN
United Kingdom 7,824,726 23.03 7,824,726 0.126
Kuwait 5,000,000 14.72 0 1.639
Australia 4,516,711 13.29 0 0.210
United States 3,996,000 11.76 35,000,000 0.013
Japan 3,455,000 10.17 0 0.027
Norway 3,263,557 9.60 0 0.672
Italy 1,743,119 5.13 3,276,540 0.029
China 1,479,290 4.35 0 0.001
Allocation of funds from Red Cross / Red Crescent 715,443 2.11 0 0.000
Private (individuals & organisations) 500,000 1.47 3,912,363 0.000
France 393,185 1.16 0 0.006
Turkey 279,365 0.82 0 0.004
Sweden 269,183 0.79 2,774,694 0.029
Switzerland 240,154 0.71 0 0.032
Greece 131,062 0.39 0 0.012
Germany 76,016 0.22 2,621,232 0.001
Thailand 75,000 0.22 0 0.001
United Arab Emirates 20,027 0.06 0 0.004
Belgium 0 0.00 655,308 0.000
Canada 0 0.00 1,937,984 0.000
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 0 0.00 10,000,000 0.000
Czech Republic 0 0.00 209,699 0.000
European Commission (ECHO) 0 0.00 25,436,616 0.000
Korea, Republic of 0 0.00 500,000 0.000
New Zealand 0 0.00 1,455,604 0.000
Others
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