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Struggle for flood aid turns political in Pakistan

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Struggle for flood aid turns political in Pakistan


The struggle to help the millions affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan is turning political.

Amid scenes of desperate hardship, Pakistani Taliban militants have urged the government to reject aid from the West, claiming it would only by siphoned off by corrupt officials.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed in the Punjab, the country’s breadbasket.

The price of fruit and vegetables has rocketed as a result.

The UN is trying to emphasise the scale of the disaster: “This disaster that Pakistan is facing is certainly the largest, the biggest catastrophe in the history of the country. It is affecting more people than the 2005 earthquake,” said envoy Jean-Maurice Ripert.

On Tuesday, the US announced an additional 15 million euros in aid amid growing concern over the political, economic and security ramifications of the disaster.

Washington needs a stable Pakistan to help it bring an end to the nine-year conflict in Afghanistan.

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