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British aid is 'helping fund re-election campaign of Bhutto family' in Pakistan

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Blogg, Apr 1, 2013.

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  1. Well here is cheery little tale of the DfID at work:

    British aid is 'helping fund re-election campaign of Bhutto family' in Pakistan - Telegraph

    "In evidence to a parliamentary inquiry, a leading development economist said the Benazir Income Support Programme was being used to buy support for Mrs Bhutto’s widower, President Asif Ali Zardari, and his party.

    Ehtisham Ahmad, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, said Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) was pouring money into a scheme riven by “clientelism”.

    “It is not stolen to the extent to which previous cash transfers were stolen, but this is the mechanism - which is funded partly by DFID - to make friends and influence people. This is the re-election campaign of Mr Zardari, which is funded by DFID,” he said. “Well done.”

    So, over the next 5 years £2Bn gets hosed in the general direction of Pakistan, a fair chunk of it being turned into cash handouts to families to "lift them out of poverty". However, the cash is handed out by the Benazir Income Support Programme.

    With entirely predictable results.