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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Pakistan Soon to Have More Nuclear Weapons than Britain: But Still British Foreign Aid Flows There

Pakistan Soon to Have More Nuclear Weapons than Britain: But Still Foreign Aid Flows

Pakistan is about to acquire a larger number of deployed nuclear warheads than Britain, just as British foreign aid will reach over a billion pounds within the next four years.
One of Pakistan's nuclear missiles on display. One of Pakistan's nuclear missiles on display.According to reports, “American intelligence agencies” say that Pakistan now has 110 deployed nuclear weapons, an increase of 40 percent in just two years.
Britain has at most 160 deployed nuclear warheads, a figure which is set to decrease over the next few years.
The American estimate is based on the increased production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium in Pakistan.
During the 2008/2009 period, UK bilateral aid spending in Pakistan totalled £120 million, a figure which was increased in £140 million in 2009/2010 and which has just been boosted by a four year £665 million extra spend.
Mr Hague’s increased foreign aid spend includes £250 million for an “education programme” in Pakistan and £50 million “to support stabilisation and reconstruction in areas affected by conflict on border with Afghanistan.”
This boost comes at the same time that the education budget in Britain has been cut and spending has been increased on the continuing war in Afghanistan, caused by Mr Hague and his neocon fellow-travellers, which is the primary cause of the conflict on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.
According to the Department for International Development (DFID) website’s page dealing with Pakistan, the “normal” UK bilateral aid spend in that country is made up of 33 percent humanitarian assistance; 20 percent governance; 18 percent education; 15 percent on growth; 8 percent on heath and 5 percent on “other.”
Pakistan’s defence budget is ranked 35th in the world, and is some £2.95 billion. Despite this, Pakistan begged for money to help cope with floods last year and to “educate” its own children.
It is not just British taxpayers who support Pakistan. Last year in October, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the Obama administration had pledged $2 billion annually in military aid to Pakistan over five years “to help that country defeat violent extremism.”
This means that over the next four years, Pakistan will receive over a billion pounds from Britain and over £4 billion from America.
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