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Muslim Countries Show No Enthusiasm For Helping Pakistan Flood Victims

Posted by jagoindia on August 20, 2010


Its really surprising to see that the Muslim world is not showing any enthusiasm for a country where we see people sacrificing their lives in the name of the Muslim Ummah from any corner of the world,” opined a surprised western diplomat, just to trigger a comparison of the aid pouring in from across the world for Pakistani flood victims. Quoting charts from this newspaper, one of them said that out of $460 million needed for flood victims, as assessed by UN agencies for relief efforts, just over $100 million had reached the various UN organs while the government of Pakistan had collected only $25 million (mostly in-kind) from various countries. “

Via Daily Times Link

Monday, August 16, 2010

DIPLOMATIC BUBBLES: Disaster tourism amidst concern for Muslim Ummah —By Saeed Minhas

ISLAMABAD: The worst floods in the living memory of Pakistan remained an obvious topic of concern for the diplomatic corps in Islamabad throughout the week as Europeans and especially UN officials questioned the response of the Muslim world to a mammoth disaster wreaking havoc in the second-most populated Muslim country of the world.

Few gatherings of foreign emissaries rallied around the unending phases of floods happening in across the country, devastating over 15 million people and destroying over two million acres of standing crops while washing away millions of homes and state structures in over 70 – 37 directly and the rest due to the influx of displaced people – flood-affected districts.

“Its really surprising to see that the Muslim world is not showing any enthusiasm for a country where we see people sacrificing their lives in the name of the Muslim Ummah from any corner of the world,” opined a surprised western diplomat, just to trigger a comparison of the aid pouring in from across the world for Pakistani flood victims. Quoting charts from this newspaper, one of them said that out of $460 million needed for flood victims, as assessed by UN agencies for relief efforts, just over $100 million had reached the various UN organs while the government of Pakistan had collected only $25 million (mostly in-kind) from various countries.

One can easily find an amazing contrast in these charts that the majority of the aid, regardless of being in the form of pledges or actually being disbursed, is coming from the western world. Only a handful of Muslim countries, with the exception of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) that is yet to utter a single word of sympathy, have contributed directly (mostly in-kind) to any of the government of Pakistan’s relief appeals.

Countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Egypt and their oil-controlling giant Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has contributed only a couple of hundred million dollars altogether, and that too through the Red Crescent or other International organisations for in-kind donations. Despite knowing that over 65 helicopters, 19 of which come from the US alone, are working around the clock, none of these oil-rich countries have even asked to foot the oil bill or donate oil for these humanitarian sorties. An hour of a helicopter flight costs an estimated Rs 100,000 in fuel expenses alone, and so far as per the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) figures, over 200 hours of flight operations have been carried out throughout Pakistan.

Another diplomat chipped in by saying that all these ‘brothers’ seem to be good enough for political and strategic guarantees but nothing more for Pakistan. Despite there being a double-digit unemployment rate and zero or negative growth in many of the Western countries including the US and UK, most of the aid, both in cash and in-kind was flowing in from Western countries, he said. The response to the unprecedented floods has been lacklustre so far, not only from locals but also from the international community. Figures collected from various organisations show that though the impact of these floods is larger than the 2004 Tsunami, the 2005 Pakistani and 2010 Haiti earthquakes combined, yet the donations or pledges from all sides is less than 25 percent of what each of the above-mentioned disasters received during their respective relief efforts.

A friend from the Mediterranean belt said, “perhaps the international and even Pakistani media has given more attention to the Cameron remarks, President Zardari’s ill-timed visits and corruption prevailing in Pakistan, then to the human catastrophe.” The diplomat from UK, however, said that it hardly matters what is happening in political circles; it is irrelevant that Prime Minister Cameron agreed to meet President Zardari only after getting the assurance that his Indian statement would not be mentioned in the meeting or how Saeeda Warsi managed the meeting at the last minute. What matters now is to find out ways to help these poor people lying out there at the mercy of raging waters, the diplomat added.

A former Pakistani diplomat said that although it remains a fact that the Muslim block is failing in response and the US is leading all relief efforts, yet there is a major cause of concern creeping in with regard to these developments. He appreciated that after the initial days, relief efforts by the US and other UN agencies were diversified and instead of focusing only on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the northern areas, they began operations in Punjab, Sindh and partially in Balochistan, and yet the presence of more than 300 US marines is being talked about in certain circles. At no point in time, he said, the strategic games are put to rest by the right-winged politicians and therefore, once the water recedes, both the Pakistani government and US authorities might find themselves entangled in a clarification phase.

The diplomats were of the unanimous opinion that though the donors’ fatigue factor was a valid one, it also remains a fact that the donors are not finding any credible data from any single official source.

The concern was well taken by all around the table, and most of the diplomats were of the view that despite the ongoing disaster-tourism and disaster politicking, what needed to be focused on in the aftermath of these floods is management and governance.

One Response to “Muslim Countries Show No Enthusiasm For Helping Pakistan Flood Victims”

  1. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    I remember some Mishra reporter had remarked in the guardian uk online paper that India has not yet exteded support to Pakistan. West was even playing inflammatory politics even in this what they call the humanitarian tragedy. West has also kept some pseudos from India Pak to use them in such situations. Now they are making their own advertisements high and tall. Unfortunately they control the media and banks and the weapon industries. More wars in the third world means it is a cash as well as the geopolitical superiority by intruding in like nobody’s business but they must be there. They gather the secret informations, exploit all the local raw materials. Pay the local politicians a little money. Buy them and then exploit it ad lib.

    This is the main reason that West is so keen on two things in these 3rd (grade) world countries. One they have a democratic country. Second the ministers must be corrupt. Once they have assured these two things, they are happy because then they can exploit those countries both for their geopolitical interests and the business at their advantage.

    Why US is not declaring Pakistan a terrorist country? Have anyone thought over it? Because Pakistan is a US concubine state.This is the reason that US does not support India in Kashmir. Because they expect that Kashmir should go to Pakistan. So that it will become easy for US to establish a base in north Kashmir.

    India will not oblige them. Naturally why US should support India. Did you all not see an article in NYT by one girl reporter with totally fabricated anti-India news just a couple of days ago regarding the present crisis in Kashmir. She was selling US for mediation. Her contention was that Pakistan is ready to cooperate but India does not agree for US mediation. Recently Hillary had also made a hint on this line.

    I was amased first as I did not think NYT paper could publish such a report. I commented heavily with all subsequent commentators also taking the lead from my comment. These are all western shrewd propaganda. I have today again made a very comment in NYT about the Cordoba House in the same vein as this article. They are ready to build another mosque where there are already two mosques just round the corner.

    Yet they will spend $100 million but they will not come to the shelter of these fanatics in Pak. I think now they have become kafirs. They will show their tantrums to India recklessly and it is a habit of Pakistan to be depedent on US Saudi aids. They are a habitual beggars. I feel sorry when I say this.

    Then you do not know exactly how much will actually reach the needy or it will go into the pockets of Mr many 10%s. Pakistan is full of them. I was stunned once when I was just brousing the Pakistan sites on net and tumbled on a site where they had stated the figures of Musharraf misappropriating the money in multiples of billions of aids US and Saudia provides them. Somewhere around 3 to 4 hundred billions. How much others must have made?

    Does one think that these corrupt intolerant Pakis are letting the US to bomb them for free. Their gratefulness can be judged from the fact that they are swallowing their good money as well as biting them too. As I said Pak is a US concubine. US is carnally wedded to Pak.

    India should not depend much on them. I am dismayed with MMSingh. He is a good man but bad politician. India deserves a better and stronger person. It is time, I keep telling the Muslims in India to come and join BJP. What is your reservation. I have accepted you. The problem is with you, not with me. Then they ask for a Muslim PM in India…??? First build trust. Join BJP and I shall make you a PM here. When you are not ready to trust me, how can I trust you?

    I shall certainly not accept Sharia. No way. If that is the problem then solution lies in eternity.

    India should not have offered aid to Pakistan directly. It was a grave tactical mistake. Once again India has drooped down. They should have sent the money to US/UN bloc and forgotten. If MM is thinking that Qureshi/Jilani/Malik Inc will oblige him. A too wishful thinking. India needed Bajpai more than that time now.

    Sonia is like Zardari. Grooming her heir apparent. Sorry for my harsh words in this period of their national calamity. I tried to analyse the reasons of poor response to Pak call:(1) They are a habitual beggar (2) Corruption. One may not be sure of neither the actual damage nor the required aid to combat it. (3) how much will actually go to the grass root. (4) Who does not know the gentlemanly credentials of the exporter of terror globally.

    If I do not sound cynical and if you all permit me to be explicit, deep down people must be feeling happy inside to let it get washed away. It is the nature doing her surgery which a gentleman could or would not hope to do. But Pakistan will do it again once the immediate crisis has abated.Old habits die hard.

    I suddenly remembered that Pakistan had not accepted the money from India in Oct 2005 earth quake also. I have not heard anybody making this remark when India is abused. Like Pillai, I was amazed that no one uttered a word about neither Kayani nor the day earlier PoK PM inflammatory remarks. If you do not speak for yourself, nobody else will. The more you cry like a hungry baby the more the mother comes running. Natures law. Pak leaders and media are well tuned and tutored by West to shout, shout. This is the reason of present Kashmir turmoil.

    Population for them is immaterial. This is their cheapest commodity as once a muslim doctor told me. Anyway I think we should not indulge in any ill will. I only wish that the Pakistan comes out of this crisis in flying colours.

    Western media must be watched by Indians carefully. I wish Pakistan all the best. The flag must fly high.
    God bless
    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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