Using Foreign Aid to Fight Terror in Pakistan

When a country asks for help in developing its economy and fighting terror, what should donor nations do?

Should they attach endless and intrusive requirements that not only make it difficult for the aid to have the intended impact, but also impinge on the sovereignity of the receiving nation?

This was the question discussed by Ambassador Hussain Haqqani at a recent gathering of American and South Asian intelligentsia.

The case was made persuasively that the donor country’s desire for positive outcomes cannot be micromanaged from afar. Ambassador Haqqani cautioned against not only this level of mismanagement, but of wholesale indictments of a nations institutions can sour relationships not only between governments, but damage good will towards the US amongst the people of Pakistan.

Haqqani noted that far too little credit had been given and notice taken of the high toll that Pakistan has paid in the war against terrorism. “I think that Pakistanis these days are very concerned about what they think as an unbridled indictment of Pakistan’s security services, giving no credit to Pakistan for the efforts that have been made. We lost a lot of people along the border with Afghanistan. We have become a major victim of terrorism. More Pakistanis have died as a result of terrorist incidents in the last two years than in any other country.”