The US assistant secretary of state has put ice cold water on the hopes of the Pakistani leaders that they are not going to get any financial aid from the ‘Friends of Pakistan’ consortium. Boucher told the top Pakistani leadership that the ‘Friends of Pakistan’ forum that Washington played a key role in setting up would offer ‘strategic support’ but would not put hard cash down on the table.
That has sewn the lips of the Pakistani leaders, especially the president Zardari who was really proud of his accomplishment in the New York last month besides of having a shake hand with Sarah Palin.
We must abolish this practice of bidding our hopes on others. Policymakers and rulers in the government do not have the luxury to indulge constantly in rhetoric and begging. For the positions that they acquire through public vote, the parliamentarians opt for a constitutional undertaking to be responsible for competent management of state and society through appropriate laws, structures and processes and opportunities to raise funds and not by begging.