Pakistan, a Muslim country, is devastated by weeks of flooding. As much as a fifth of the country is flooded — a vast area slicing through the middle of Pakistan, running from the mountains of the north to the desert areas in the south. An estimated 8 million are in desperate need of humanitarian aid; at least half of them are homeless.
As usual, the United States is in the forefront of aid, sending army helicopters to hard-hit areas as part of a package worth approximately $90m. Last week, on August 19, our government announced an additional $60 million, making a total of $150 million in U.S. commitment to Pakistan’s relief efforts. [Source]
But Pakistan’s fanatic Taliban Islamists are vowing they will kidnap foreign aid workers delivering assistance to the affected areas. Why? Because foreign aid might win the good will of the Pakistani people toward Western countries!
Yes, indeed. Muslims are such nice people — even toward their own people!
By Rob Crilly – Telegraph – 26 Aug 2010
The Pakistan Taliban is planning to kidnap foreign aid workers delivering assistance in the aftermath of devastating floods, according to an American diplomatic official.
Charities and United Nations agencies have fanned out across the region, and hundreds of relief workers are operating in the north-west of the country, where militants have bases along the border with Afghanistan.
Banned Islamist charities have also emerged at the forefront of aid efforts, using the emergency to win hearts and minds.
[…] last night’s warning is the first suggestion that relief efforts might be targeted by militants although the Pakistani Taliban has previously denounced all foreign aid for victims of the catastrophic flooding.
There are also concerns that the floods have choked off key supply routes to Nato forces in Afghanistan and allowed breathing space for militants in Pakistan as the military diverts helicopters and personnel to flood relief.
Marine Commandant General James Conway said Pakistan’s powerful Army chief, Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, had warned him that the Army was preoccupied. “Gen Kiyani cautioned me that the involvement of his Army in the flood relief will for a time detract from their efforts to secure the Pakistani frontier,” he said during a Pentagon briefing after returning from a visit to flood-affected areas.