Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaz Khattak said his province could live without US aid as fifty percent of the money for projects was taken back by concerned American departments. The CM, who belongs to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has hit the nail in the head: This is the sordid truth about US grants and loans as well as the financial assistance provided by the US supported international financial organisations. If there ever can be a case of massive scandal regarding financial corruption, this is it. What is worse, the borrower countries have to surrender fifty percent of the loans amount at source but pay interest on the full amounts. Even the grants give bad publicity to governments as the masses feel that twice as many projects could have been completed on the announced amounts. We believe that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister will have also realised that foreign loans and grants are mostly a sham and are given to serve the interests of lender and donor countries. It does not bother the lenders and donors that, after their fifty percent cut, most of the remaining funds are also siphoned to the accounts of local corrupt politicians and officials. For politicians who want to establish honest and clean government machinery, foreign donations and loans are impediments on the way to their goals. The PTI has come to power on the promise of moral cleansing and eradicating corruption is a part of its vows. But the PTI-led government can never achieve this for as long as it remains part of the international and most massive financial scam regarding foreign loans and grants. What, however, is worrisome is that no country on the face of the earth or any media house around the globe is ready to take on the officials of these lender and donor departments and organisations. There is nobody to ask the question of how they became so rich. Neither local nor international laws seem to apply to the officials of those government departments and international financial institutions. One doesn't hear, Transparency International bringing in its surveys the growing perception of corruption regarding loans and grants to developing countries. There, however, is a much darker side to this phenomenon. Corruption among politicians and officials of developing countries is used as a tool by the US and EU nations. It is used to change internal and external policies of recipient countries. Corruption may go on for decades in a country and the foreign media remains oblivion to it. But if a country deviates from the dictates of US and EU nations, scandals regarding the leaders of that country hit the international media and the said leaders are forced to step down. One hopes the KP government under CM Khattak will avoid loans and donation which force recipients to give back fifty percent of the announced amounts. For what it is worth, The Frontier Post advises CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to rely on local resources and funds from the central government to meet its needs.
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