Pakistani officials want “democratic control” over post-flood aid that will be committed in next month’s Pakistan Development Forum.
Allowing Pakistani authorities to manage rehabilitation funding will help to boost the legitimacy of the country’s democratic government, said Wajid Hasan, Pakistan’s high commissioner in London.
“The funds should be dispersed by parliament and the civilian government rather than the army,” he was quoted by Telegraph.co.uk as saying. “People are not giving the democratic government the credit it deserves for managing the relief effort.”
However, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Agency, spearheaded by a former general, is poised to assume the lead role in overseeing the funds amid fears of government corruption.
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“The NDMA knows what it wants to do,” said Mark Ward of the U.S. Agency for International Development. “I sure hope that they leave the NDMA in a major role.”
The United Nations has demanded Pakistan to establish an independent body to manage foreign flood aid, while the U.S. is seeking a military-dominated government agency to do such a task, Telegraph.co.uk reports.