Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Poor, Fragile Pakistan

The war-torn, politically-volatile country of Pakistan, with a population of 145.5 million people (as of 1998), unsurprisingly has a large impoverished population.

A well-known human rights campaigner and lawyer, Hina Jilani, says that Pakistan spends too much on defence and too little on defending those in need.
"In all the hysteria about security," she told me, "We've neglected the issue of human security. It's shameful that we are a nuclear state, and we can't feed our own people."
Almost half the population here gets by on just one meal a day, according to the United Nations.
Yet in recent years, Pakistan has received billions in the form of aid, loans and debt rescheduling. The hungry might be forgiven for asking where all the money went. 
Unfortunately, this is a potent brew for failed-state status and only increases the likely instability in the entire region.

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