Pakistan to seek $2.5bn for Malakand District

Pakistan to seek $2.5bn for Malakand

August 6, 2009

Story from dawn.com: http://tinyurl.com/nljtvz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will seek $2.5 billion for rehabilitation and reconstruction of Malakand division from Friends of Democratic Pakistan at a meeting in Istanbul next week.

WHERE IS MALAKAND DISTRICT?  $2.5 Billion needed here?  How much for other areas.  What is this?  We pay to go in and “get” the Taliban, how much did that cost? Then we pay to feed/shelter (a joke) the displaced 3 Million people, now we pay to rebuild it?  IS THIS INSANITY?   Read at the end of this story to see a map of MALAKAND DISTRICT.   Stop funding this Insanity.

A family who fled a military offensive against the Taliban in the Swat sit atop a truck in Malakand district with hundreds of others waiting to return to their villages.—Reuters

A family who fled a military offensive against the Taliban in the Swat sit atop a truck in Malakand district with hundreds of others waiting to return to their villages.—Reuters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will seek $2.5 billion for rehabilitation and reconstruction of Malakand division from Friends of Democratic Pakistan at a meeting in Istanbul next week.World Bank and Asian Development Bank officials are assessing the damage to infrastructure in the Malakand division because of military operation against militants, said Lt-Gen Nadeem Ahmed, chief of the Special Support Group for Internally Displaced Persons.

He was talking to journalists after speaking at a programme on ‘the decade of accomplishment: the 10 years of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund’ at a hotel here on Wednesday.

He said a comprehensive framework for Malakand division would be presented at the Friends’ meeting and the reconstruction would be carried out in a period of one year.

He said economic opportunities should be created in the region so that youths were diverted away from extremist activities.

The government is working on the Malakand Pilot Project for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the region. The plan will also address the root causes of extremism and militancy.

Speaking at the function, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin said the government had prepared a coherent strategy to deal with economic and security challenges.

Poverty reduction, creation of economic opportunities and provision of resources and social services in the region are essential components of the strategy, he said.

‘We look forward to all stakeholders — international donors, civil society organisations and, above all, poor communities — to engaging them in the national endeavour,’ he said.

SO HERE”S WHERE MALAKAND DISTRICT IS LOCATED:  952 square KM, Population (before everyone left before the Pak military came) 452,291 people.  $2.5 Billion for What?

Malakand District in Blue

Malakand District in Blue

One Response to “Pakistan to seek $2.5bn for Malakand District”

  1. Pakistan Citizens Reject U.S. Aid in Referendum; Some Swat Valley Refugees in dire need; Hollbrooke doesn’t know how South Waziristan War is going; U.S. to Invest in Private Pakistan Energy Projects « Out of Central Asia Now Says:

    [...] Editorial in Daily Times on the subject: Jurisprudence against referendums is accumulating in measure with the frequency with which JI is staging them on the basis of its cadre strength. The European Union is discovering how the politicians cover their tracks by leaning on these “knee-jerk” popular reflexes and damaging democracy in the process. The United Kingdom, which shuns the device, has become the new beacon. If the EU needs any negative evidence, it should refer to the tradition of referendums in Pakistan where the “staging” dictators have suffered and the “staging” opposition has simply ended up damaging the “nationalist interest” of the country. Want U.S. Money? Pakistan Military Must Attack Taliban in Tribal Areas of Pakistan The Tip of the Iceberg, the Human Suffering: Malakand operation affectees still faced with problems’ Measures taken to cope with the situation not up to the mark By Akhtar Amin. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, RIPORT Project Director Abdur Rahman said that the Malakand displacement was the biggest ever during the last 15 years, but the measures taken to cope with the situation were not up to the mark. He added that 70,000 displaced families were still languishing in Jalozai camp, 2,000 in Peshawar, 35,000 in Charsadda and 15,000 in Mardan districts. He said that neither these families were included in the Benazir Income Support Programme nor registered with the NADRA. [Ed. Note: This is just one story about "Internally Displaced Persons", over 2.5 Million left Swat Valley. Where's the stories of what they found upon their return? How many have yet to return? How many died while on the run? This is being repeated in South Waziristan now. See our Malakand $2.5 Billion dollar story here.] [...]

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