The jihad against India is more important than aid to Pakistani flood victims.
“Accept Indian aid, no role for politics in disaster: US to Pak,” from the Press Trust of India, August 19 (thanks to Sanjay):
Washington: Asserting that there is no role for politics in disaster response, the Obama Administration has said it expects Pakistan to accept the USD 5 million aid offer from India for its flood relief work.
“In terms of responding to a disaster, politics should play no role. You have a country (India) that’s willing to help (Pakistan), and… we expect that Pakistan will accept,” State Department spokesman P J Crowley said.
Last week, Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna had called on his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi and offered USD 5 million in aid for flood relief work.
Pakistan, so far, had not accepted the offer while at the same time its leaders have been sending SOS to the international community for more and more aid so as to meet the immediate needs of its millions of flood-affected people….
And from “The foreign hand strikes again,” by Irfan Husain in Dawn, August 18 (thanks again to Sanjay):
While much of the world has responded to the UN appeal for funds with a certain lack of enthusiasm, the American response has been quick and effective. With nearly a score of heavy-lift helicopters, American troops are rescuing thousands of displaced people. Their commitment of around $80 million for flood relief is the biggest from any country by far. By contrast, Muslim states have not exactly queued up to help. People have asked me why the Pakistan government has not immediately accepted the Indian offer of five million dollars. Instead, we are told the government is “thinking about it”. What’s there to think about? Surely in a crisis like this, money is money, whatever its source. It would be highly irresponsible to play politics or score points at this juncture. And how can the government ask the international community for help when it picks and chooses which country it will accept money from?