As the UN called for a greater international effort to help Pakistan’s flood victims, there were further warnings that Islamic militants are using the disaster to increase their influence in the country.
By responding more effectively with relief and emergency aid, some charities and groups with militant links hope to garner popularity among a population struggling to survive.
Analysts such as Saleem Safi said groups such as the Taliban aim to build political capital by also being seen to organise fund raising programmes at a local level.
“They are playing with the emotions of the people. And the world community, the Americans, the Pakistani government -what are they doing? It is a lot less and it’s not according to the expectations of the Pakistani people,” he said.
The Taliban has demanded that Pakistan’s government refuse American and foreign aid as they claim it will lead to the subjugation of Pakistan, but desperate people do not care where the help comes from as long as it arrives. It is only later, say the experts, that those who did the most will be remembered.