Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Sharif in London as Britain urged to cut Pakistan aid  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 01/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Arab News) London: british aid to pakistan should be cut unless there is proof the funds help stop extremism a report by lawmakers said wednesday as prime minister nawaz sharif visited london.

published just hours before sharif was to meet british counterpart david cameron the international development committee report singled out pakistan for criticism.

pakistan is the largest recipient of bilateral british aid with islamabad set to receive 446 million (750 million 541 million euros) of assistance this year.

'it is unlikely that expenditure would be so high if the country were not having to confront extremism" the report said.

'if this is the case the budget can only be justified if there is clear evidence that dfid (department for international development) support is effective in reducing the extremist threat. if not we recommend that dfid consider reducing spending in pakistan and increasing it in low-income countries."

sharif's visit will also focus on the enhanced strategic dialogue (esd) which had been initiated in 2011. the esd identifies five strands of cooperation which include: trade and business relations financial macro-economic stabilization and development cooperation; education and health; defense and security and lastly cultural cooperation.

the british lawmakers also said that aid should not be increased until pakistani political leaders pay their fair share of tax and increase tax collection generally.

islamabad said sharif would discuss 'matters of mutual interest" with cameron and other ministers during his three-day visit as well as addressing an investment conference.

but sharif's talks with cameron are set to focus on the threat of extremism in pakistan where authorities are in talks with the taleban to try to end a seven-year insurgency.

since the taleban began their campaign of violence in 2007 more than 6800 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks around pakistan according to an afp tally.

nato countries including britain also want pakistan to help tackle the taleban in neighboring afghanistan as foreign troops prepare to leave by the end of this year.


Arab News

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 4 2015 - Kuwait- Shuwaikh Port employee arrested for bribery - MoIKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) An assistant controller in Shuwaikh Port has been arrested for agreeing to allow containers to bypass the customs zone in return for cash and kind bribe, the ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Kuwaiti shooters grab 3 more medals at Arab championshipKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Kuwaiti shooters have won two gold medals and one silver at the skeet competitions of the 12th Arab Shooting Championship here on Saturday, thus taking the ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Russia wins world fencing tourney in KuwaitKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Russian team Saturday evening won the World Fencing Championship, epee, for juniors, after beating Austria in the final.The tournament was held at the Kuwait ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Al-Ahly, Al-Zamalek defeated in the African Confederation CupDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Al-Zamalek SC were defeated by Tunisia's Etoile Sahel team, with five goals to one, in the semi-finals away game of the African Confederation Cup.Al-Zamalek saw a similar ...

 Oct 4 2015 - UAE's Al-Ahli approaches the finals of the AFC Champions League with a positive drawDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) UAE's Al-Ahli FC team achieved a positive one/one draw with a taste of victory against the Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal in an away game for the semi-finals of the Asian ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Twenty candidates elected to UAE Federal Nat'l CouncilKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The UAE national election committee announced on Saturday night the results of the Federal National Council (FNC) elections 2015 after the vote counting of the ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Egypt- Between a paranoid dinosaur state and a mythical monster: Gameela IsmailDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egyptian politician and media figure, Gameela Ismail gave a speech at the Middle East Institute conference held in Washington DC Wednesday, entitled "Politics vs security: ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Dozens of Palestinians injured in violent confrontations with Israeli troopsKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Israeli occupation forces used brutal force, including live ammunition and tear gas, against the Palestinian protesters in various parts of the West Bank late ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Egypt- Reviving religious discourse: Why and howDaily News Egypt
(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Reviving religious discourse has been one of the central issues that occupied public dialogue in Egypt during the past few months. Massive efforts and resources are poured ...

 Oct 4 2015 - Palestinian factions approve of Jerusalem attackKuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Shortly after two settlers were stabbed to death by a Palestinian young man in Jerusalem on Saturday, several Palestinian groups welcomed the attack as "a normal ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help