Pakistan reassures donors: Aid will get to flood victims
Pakistan on Wednesday reassured international donors that aid for flood victims would not fall into Taliban hands, as the UN said funds were only trickling in, dpa reported.
Donors are nervous about Pakistan, due to endemic corruption in the country and fears of Taliban influence. According to the UN, it has received only about one third of the 460 million dollars it asked for from the international community.
Rehman Malik, Pakistan's interior minister, vowed that the Taliban would profit from donations.
"This belongs to the poor people, the flood victims. I assure that it will travel to them," he told the BBC.
"I assure the entire international community who would be supplying aid in any form, we give them assurance we will be auditable," he said. His government was considering employing international auditors to reassure donors, he added.
Malik admitted he was aware of the danger of the militants extending their influence during this crisis by providing aid in the devastated areas, securing the support of the victims.
The floods have displaced 20 million people and have killed at least 1,600. More deaths are feared as water-borne diseases are beginning to spread.