Generous and timely: US Response to Pakistan’s Disaster

Raza Rumi

Ironic that the United States has been perhaps the most pro-active and generous country in helping us with flood relief. Pakistanis, especially those were stranded for days are grateful for such a timely help. Contrary to the propaganda unleashed by several vested interests about how great friends China and the Muslim countries are, the US has proved to be our friend when we needed it the most.  Yet, there will be many among the skeptics who would term this as ‘strategic’ given the state of things in dear homeland and in its neighbourhood. It is time that we acknowledge what needs to be acknowledged with no ifs and buts. Here is a fact sheet sent to Pak Tea House through reliable sources on the assistance so far. About time the self-styled US haters (rather entrenched in the country) take notice of this. US may have its own interests in stabilizing Pakistan, their response has been (and remains) substantive.

To date, the United States is providing approximately $150 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority, the UN’s emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster. These funds are also being used to provide critical supplies to flood affected populations.

The U.S. also is providing millions of dollars of additional in-kind and technical assistance. We are expanding pre existing programs in flood-affected areas, providing temporary bridges, and mobilizing significant U.S. military and civilian resources to rescue victims of the disaster and deliver needed supplies. U.S. military and civilian aircraft continue to support flood relief operations.

Through August 22, these aircraft have evacuated 7,835 people and delivered more than 1,600,000 pounds of relief supplies.

Latest Developments:

. On August 22, U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft, based from Afghanistan, delivered 79,000 pounds of food and relief supplies yesterday from Rawalpindi to Sukkur and Multan.

. The World Food Program (WFP) has reached more than 1.3 million flood-affected beneficiaries with almost 16,000 metric tons of food assistance, approximately 50 percent of which is provided by the United States.

. USAID’s Office of Food for Peace has provided WFP with an additional $32.3 million for local and regional procurement of food, bringing the U.S. total contribution to more than $51 million.

. Since August 8, U.S. water treatment units have provided approximately 4.8 million liters of safe drinking water.

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14 responses to “Generous and timely: US Response to Pakistan’s Disaster

  1. kashifiat

    Raza ! US is also very generous in drone attacks and involved in killing my innocent country men and Muslim brothers of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.

    Dr. Afia detention and drama of kidnapping is another example of their generous attitudes.

  2. Moz

    U.S must be doing something right that makes people like you angry. Yes, they are launching drone attacks, because Pakistanis don’t have the guts to stand up against religous fanatics. I heard that TTP pays a lot of money to their retarded fighters after stealing it from a bank.

    I hate religious fanatics, and their poodles on the internet.

    ***** this muslims brother bull**it. They deserve it.

  3. Kashif: you forgot Kashmir and Chechniya and Bosnia. In fact, why not Sialkot brothers’ murder. I think the killers were all Americans and Jews disguised as Pakistanis.
    Please don’t come here with your usual emotional rant. Talk sense for a change.
    What have your Islamic Ummah – the OIC done for hapless Pakistanis and for this drowned country – nothing much.

  4. Yasir Qadeer

    USA has once again maintained its image of a great ally for Pakistan for being the first country to offer fiscal and logistical help to start the relief operations in the flood affected areas. USA has till now allocated $150 million for the relief operation.

  5. US, Saudi Arabia, and Britain, are the top 3 in aid.

    While some people over here are very much happy to have this aid, this is but no match to what US provided to Haiti!!! but I guess these reliable sources didn’t bother to compare!!

    Anyways, in US and Britain, Muslims community is by the grace of Allah trying its level best to raise as much awareness and funds.

  6. Orient1453

    Agreed Raza, the US has indeed been generous, and its contributions timely.

    But it’s simply unfair to say that “contrary to the propaganda unleashed by several vested interests about how great friends China and the Muslim countries are, the US has proved to be our friend when we needed it the most.” What about the Saudis then? They are currently the second largest donor (for a country that is much smaller). Granted, they took their time, but that was uncharacteristic. Let’s also not forget that the Saudis were the most generous donors during the earthquake crisis.

    I’m guessing you’re not going to be posting a eulogy of the Saudis anytime soon.

  7. The only thing I would point out is that in spite of the recession, the U.S. still has by far the world’s largest economy. Moreover, even when China surpasses the U.S. in absolute GDP, as it surely will in the next decade, it will be a long time after that before its per capita GDP is close to that of the U.S. So what? Given these factors, it would be a shocking failure of humanitarian outlook if the U.S.–my home country–did less, and I sincerely wish it would do more. Given the obscene amounts of money America has spent on the ill-advised and destructive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan–0ver $1 trillion in direct costs and many times that in total costs–working out a truly adequate development package with Pakistan would be a far wiser use of scarce resources.

  8. Maryanne Khan

    Easy. Refuse the aid from any country who doesn’t meet with the approval of some Pak Tea House commentators.
    I suggest YOU kashifiat go out there armed with your righteousness and your sense of injustice and speak to* those on rooftops and isolated strips of land and tell them that they should turn their noses up at food, water and medical supplies because the source of those supplies doesn’t meet with your approval. YOUR approval. What are you doing to help, other than writing vitriolic little snipes against help given? Let those running like deer on the ground under choppers, snatching at bags of water or a bag of rice, just die to make your point that you resent whatever ideological position you espouse and that your own government is unable to accommodate alongside a national disaster, embroilment in international conflicts and impotence (for whatever reason) to resolve, ameliorate or respond to what is affecting the equivalent number of Australia’s population.

    * (I originally wrote ‘with’ but it’s not an option that you could imagine, so I changed it to ‘to’)

  9. Sher Zaman

    @ Rumi: You are absolutely right; our whole nation is Taliban apologists in some capacity, basically confused on what to follow. U.S has certainly provided the earliest response to the floods and $ 150 million is a huge amount.

  10. Maryanne Khan

    Now, having said that, and having made an a-typical (for me) attack on an individual, kashifiat, I want to say a few things.

    I have family among you – I’m western yes, but my Pakistani husband’s family accepts me. Very much. I tutor the children in anything they’re studying, have donated money to the local mosque for orphans rather than have a whoop-de-do wedding, sent money regularly when our family was supporting 40 displaced families after the Balakot earthquake . . .

    I’ve written a novel about my husband’s early life and that I will use as vehicle for raising funds for the flood disaster cos I’m a professional promotion person. Trust me, in some small way I’ll get some money for you. Just let me get the book and we’re off!

    I’m a humanist, “a secular ideology that espouses benevolence through the use of reason, ethics, and justice, whilst specifically rejecting supernatural and religious dogma as a basis of morality and decision-making.”
    Enough said. Actions speak louder than . . .

    you decide.

  11. Maryanne Khan

    Go Steven! So refreshing to hear from you! Finally another western voice talking some kind of reality. Maybe it’ll lead to real dialogue between people from different continents.

  12. orient1453

    Just to clarify, my comment isn’t intended to be a defence of the response of OIC countries (although it would be silly to dismiss the aid given by the Saudis as “nothing much”). Nor is it intended to undermine the importance of the contribution made by the US. The US has helped enormously.

    What troubles me about this post (and perhaps I am reading too much into this) is that it seems to be using the aid given by the US as a pretext for political point scoring. You are asking the anti-Amreeka brigade to get its head out of the sand, and it will do well to heed your advice. But you do this by either dismissing or altogether ignoring the invaluable help and assistance being provided by many whose views you find unpalatable. What should be a plea to people to accept the reality of US assistance ends up reading like a piece of propaganda.

  13. Nasir

    kashifiat –
    The fact is that muslims kill more muslims then the US has ever done.
    We learn about Islam not from western commentators, but by what happens in Muslim majority societies like Pakistan – And what we learn is a shame! – partly because individuals like you that will blame the world but never themselves.
    Why didnt you mention your ahmadi brothers that are suffering because of terrorist attacks? show some humanity at home before worrying about somalia

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