Why Pakistan is not getting enough help from the world for the flood victim?

United States
August 26, 2010 11:38am CST
UN is encouraging and making appeal to send help to Pakistan. I personally never have seen a situation like this. It is so sad that Pakistan is going through a natural disaster like this. I wonder why they are not getting much help what they needed. Is because of their government, or the terrorist? I really feel bad for those millions of people who are suffering from the flood. What is your thought?
8 responses
• India
27 Aug 10
Hi, It sounds like you are aware of the situation only partially. The level of corruption in Pakistan is well known. Also there are other sentiments that are playing here. It is utterly difficult to oversee the entire expenditure of money once it has been sanctioned. Also the political situation in Pakistan is not healthy at all. For example, India offered it's aid to Pakistan, but Pakistan's External Affairs minister remarked that he had to 'consider' the offer. I know this is due to the tensed atmosphere in the border of India-Pakistan, but still such things are humiliating. If a country can't accept aid just because of it's conflicting domestic politics, what can be more unfortunate than this? The main problem is that due to Pakistan's stance in global terrorism it's only the innocent Pakistani civilians who have to suffer. Relief workers need to actively participate in the restoration operation, but Pakistan has declared that no special facility will be provided for relief workers from Israel and India. The disgusting haughtiness of diplomats that shatters yet refuse to break is behind the situation. What do the innocent people have to do in all this? They are just trapped within the unfathomable abyss of political corruption and failed diplomacy. Thanks. God bless you.
• India
27 Aug 10
I think your views come nearest to what I myself was trying to write. Most people would definitely support giving more and more to victims of natural disaster anywhere in the world irrespective of anything and ideally Pakistan too should have been no different. But I somehow feel (though this is not the time to discuss such things) that the Pakistani people themselves are somewhat to blame for this lack of support for their cause, if not entirely. For one, the image of Pakistan has taken a severe beating globally due to most international terrorists tracing their birth or training to that country. Secondly, there is a feeling in the west that despite surviving practically on dollars given over the years as aid, the govt and people of Pakistan are not doing enough to wipe out the training camps and sympathizers amongst themselves…rather, much of such aid is re-routed to fund further global jihad. Thirdly, instead of even a cursory thanks to the west, the common people on the road are forever chanting anti-west slogans and denouncing the west for all their problems. Fourth, it is said that Pakistan would have crumbled long ago except for two things which holds it together…one is Islam the other is India bashing. Now unfortunately, we are going thru turbulent times when Islam is supposedly going for a head-on clash with the Christian west…under such circumstances, can the west be really blamed if the common people don’t feel like giving as generously to the people of a nation who only have bad words for them? Lastly, its very very sad that the ground situation there is so volatile that one cant really blame the aid workers if they are not descending by the hordes…even in today newspaper, I was reading how the Taliban are openly challenging the aid workers to land in Pakistan, threatening them with dire consequences. Tell me honestly, how many people would want to go there knowing very well that they maybe kidnapped and beheaded any moment! All the above are of course my very personal views and advance apologies to anybody who might be hurt by them. Also, we the common people can guess a lot but actually know very little…politics is a dirty game where human lives are toyed with as pawns…we never know but something totally different might be behind all these. Whatever be it, its really heart-wrenching how the people are barely being able to survive… I really wish there would be more movement of aids in this hour of need.
• United States
27 Aug 10
Hi Biswa and Sudipta, thanks for your input to this discussion. I totally understand the situation you guys are talking about. It is unbelievable how corrupt the government is there and how the terrorism is making the situation worse. Personally I just feel that because of all that the poor innocent people should not suffer. There should be some way that UN can make sure that those people are getting the needed help and money is not going anywhere else.
• India
27 Aug 10
@sudipta Well, Pakistan has been actively waging war against India and the West so far. ISI, it's intelligence agency has evidently and overtly indulged in financing terror campaigns. I agree that the democracy in Pakistan is still in a much nascent state. The 18th amendment recently made deprived the President of the power he used to exercise. This step could've been taken long ago. It is said that ISI now, is considering terrorist outfits once financed by itself, as the most formidable obstacle in the path of establishing a healthy democracy. Yet, Pakistan has been continuously funded by the U.S. and Russia without taking any responsibility about it's implementation. It reminds me of Cold War, during which the U.S. funded Afghanistan to destroy Russian helicopters. This immense supply of weapons and battle tactics training engendered a new militant group called Talibans. The main aim is to instigate and strengthen one country against another. How does it sound when people indirectly funding terrorism become the same ones complaining about it?
@narayan2006 (2955)
• India
26 Aug 10
The victims of the recent flood in Pakistan deserve immediate help from all corners of the world.The failure of UN effort in mobilizing international aid is very much distressing to all of us.In the period of such crisis for millions of people, the national character and identity should not be a barrier to draw humanitarian sympathy and help. The poor response,it seems,is the reflection of world wide recessionary situation and economic slow down in several developed countries including America. People all over the world have become cautious in spending on charity due to increasing uncertainties and falling living condition. Thanks.
• United States
26 Aug 10
You are right, there should not be any excuse when it comes to help people in a situation like this. This is unfortunate.
• India
28 Aug 10
While I fully support your concern about the possibility of misuse of the donors fund,we can not totally ignore and sit complacent at the plight and suffering of innocent children,women and others there.It is the responsibility of the world community and UN agencies to intervene and put in place effective mechanism for smooth and efficient delivery of the donated resources for maximum benefit of the victims. Getting cowed down by the forces of terrorism and depriving the victims of the rescue and rehabilitation benefits being offered by the world community,we only tend to underplay our role and responsibility as world citizen.Thanks.
• India
26 Aug 10
it is all because, the countries seem to be spending their resources and money elsewhere, like buying airplanes, and luxuries for the PRESIDENTs and PRIMEMINISTERs, Chiefs of Justice, and the lot of politicians, corruption and all. if PAKISTAN had not purchased F16s, NUCLEAR technology, and all the submarines, spending trillions of dollars, it could have developed the infrastructure, constructed some dams, to re route the rivers and water bodies, that OFTEN flood during monsoons. ALAS, dirty politics.. everywhere. Do you think, the UN is a holy body? .. i dont~----------------- however, now that there is a crisis, .. there should be humanitarian aid, URGENTLY. innocent citizens should not be put to trouble. But, where is all the humanity in the world, EVERYWHERE there is a crisis, if not floods, there are typhoons, or the volcanoes, or the economic recession, or unemployment, or cholera, just reported in NIGERIA, ..
• United States
26 Aug 10
What you are saying is so true. If Pakistan government were working properly atleast the situation would not have been this bad. We know we can not stop natural calamity, but if we take precautions we can control it up to some level.
• India
27 Aug 10
thanks for your understanding.
@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
26 Aug 10
Though it is very unfortunate that even after such a natural disaster, Pakistan is not getting enough help from the rest of the world, I would say the cause behind it is Pakistan itself. Pakistan is supposed to be the master mind of all terrorist activities and their government is supposed to lend a helping hand to the terrorists. Naturally common people all the world are afraid that a portion of the donated fund will be siphoned to the terrorists and hence they hesitate to donate.
• United States
26 Aug 10
Lots of people are skeptical that money will go to terrorist, that is why also they are not willing to help. But I really think that those poor helpless people should get help in this crisis.
24 Oct 10
I felt bad for them but I don't honestly feel that Pakistan responded in the way that they should. Help was sent and from what I've read + seen on the news, officials over there made it hard to organize things. I also don't get why after so much money was raised one of their officials said that they need more money, faster and that they felt other nations wasn't helping them effectively. Just seemed to me like they spent to much time passing the book where as they should of been helping themselves.
• United States
11 Oct 10
Trying to remember things, but it's kind of tough for me. One of the big problems is that the Taliban in Pakistan claimed that they would hunt down & kill relief workers that arrived to help the flood victims. I believe this is the large factor in that people would be afraid of losing their lives. The other reasons have already been pointed out in the previous responses.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
27 Aug 10
Most christians are the ones usually engage in humanitarian assistance ,and most christians have a bad impression of muslims because most terrorist attacks have been done by muslims. In my opinion, Saudia Arabia should be the one to offer assistance to them since they are considered a very rich country and these are their muslim brothers and sisters. Many missionaires get kill by those muslim fanatics ,and they even get accused of trying to convert them to Christianity.
27 Aug 10
the reason they are not getting the help is because a few months before all of this happened, they said "we do not want the help of the Western world, it is Western interference in our lives" and now all of a sudden when they have a natural disaster, they turn around and want our help. Yes it is horrible that families are going through that, but what I want to know is what would Pakistan have done for ME if this had been the other way around...last year, a week before christmas, a few towns in my country were flooded, people lost homes, possesions, lives...and we got NO help from ANYWHERE!!!!!! Those people got put up in a community centre and had to spend their christmas like that. Many are still not back to normal and are living in caravans with no possessions. Where is their help from the UN????? I think we are all forced into feeling sorry for other countries who have these natural disasters, Haiti etc etc etc, and we are forced to dig deep into our pockets, but when you hear the Taliban and others are turning around and saying they do not WANT our help, why the hell should we give money we quite frankly do not have to help???????? Our own country is on its knees, we have people who are living off buttons a day, unable to feed their children correctly, yes ok we have an NHS system. we have benefits...but i dont think people from outside the UK realise how bad of a benefits system that actually is and just how little it helps those who REALLY need it. Our government is upping tax and VAT to help us get out of the economic mess we're in, yet we're been told to dig deep and give what we can to help people who dont want our help, and quite frankly wouldnt do the same if the situation was reversed. This is why I have not dug deep, and I would say its why most others havent either. The aid given will go to the wrong places, and it isnt even wanted. Why bother.