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Pakistan's Desperate Plea to Maintain Foreign Aid

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Pakistan's Desperate Plea to Maintain Foreign Aid

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP): Pakistan sought to reassure donors on Thursday it could be trusted with foreign aid ahead of a crisis UN meeting called to remedy the much-criticised global response to the country's catastrophic floods.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned that Pakistan was struggling to deal with an unprecedented disaster at a time when it faces a crucial internal battle against Islamic extremists, who could seek to exploit the crisis.

"We do need international assistance, we need international assistance now," he pleaded, hours before he was due to address the UN General Assembly.

Speaking at the Asia Society in New York, Qureshi said he would tell the assembly session awhat a serious challenge Pakistan is facing at a time when the government of Pakistan has succeeded in building a consensus against extremism and terrorism."

He pledged that his government would put in place mechanisms athat are transparent and accountablea to handle the international aid now pouring into the country. …

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