Target: United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
Goal: To stop direct cash aid to Pakistan’s corrupt officials.
Cash aid to a foreign country is generally looked upon as an investment. That investment can be placed in a variety of venues, such as the long-term stability of a nation, its political support, or even simply the goodwill of its people (which in turn is its own form of political support). Unfortunately, just as with any fiscal investment, there can be poor choices that one must accept as a failure and write off rather than continuing to pour money where it will not be put to proper use. Cash aid payouts to Pakistani officials would be one such investment.
The Appropriations Committee for foreign aid has allocated multiple billions of dollars to the nation over the years, which has been heavily abused by high-ranking officials with little benefit actually reaching the general population of Pakistan. Many of the poor in Pakistan find themselves without electricity and other necessities of living as corruption within the ranks usurps the bulk of foreign aid money for their own respective ends.
Rather than continue with overt cash aid, a greater investment must be made directly to the people of Pakistan. This investment would come in the guise of United States-controlled projects contracting and sub-contracting within the nation. This would inject jobs and funding directly into the population, circumventing those officials who continually abuse their respective positions with improper utilization of aid money.
The ongoing plan of direct fiscal aid has failed. Only with a change in investment strategy can the injection of aid to the nation of Pakistan yield dividends. This is why aid money must no longer be given to corrupt officials and instead be directed to the people whom the aid was originally targeting in the first place.
Dear Secretary Kerry,
The investment of foreign aid money to Pakistan was originally conducted with the noble purpose of providing a better life to Pakistani citizens with the hopes of fostering goodwill amid political tensions. Unfortunately, the decision to inject that money into Pakistan via direct aid must be considered a mistake at this point. The corruption of high ranking government officials within Pakistan’s political structure has led to far too little of the money ever making its way to the average citizen who was the intended beneficiary.
The result of the aid given Pakistan over the years has been very little net gain. The people of Pakistan still suffer from tremendous poverty, with many forced to live without electricity and other necessities of living. Any potential goodwill has also failed to reach into the psyche of Pakistan’s general public, as they are not witnessing any quality of life improvements due to this American involvement. What these citizens need is to have the money presently allocated for the aid and benefit of Pakistan be directly injected into the population. This can be done with U.S. controlled projects that contract and sub-contract within Pakistan. This benefit will be directly given to the people of Pakistan, and not corrupt officials who will lay waste to the vast sums they are given.
The people of Pakistan do deserve the assistance of the United States, but not in the manner in which it is presently being conducted. Direct payments to high ranking officials within Pakistan must stop in favor of a more intelligent and mutually beneficial route that gives much more of that money directly to the people of Pakistan. These people deserve to helped, not forced to bear witness to payouts given to corrupt officials.
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