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Report proposes new thinking on US aid to Pakistan

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

A boy walks toward a water point to collect water for his family, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on June 2. The U.S. should hold back much of its $7.5 billion aid package to Pakistan until it reforms dysfunctional policies related to energy, taxes and other areas, according to a new report that criticizes the American aid program's focus in a country beset by corruption, poverty and militancy.

The AP reports from ISLAMABAD:

The U.S. should hold back much of its $7.5 billion aid package to Pakistan until it reforms dysfunctional policies related to energy, taxes and other areas, according to a new report that criticizes the American aid program's focus in a country beset by corruption, poverty and militancy.

The report by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Global Development is the culmination of months of research and interviews with aid and other experts in Pakistan and the United States. Titled "Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the U.S. Approach to Development in Pakistan," it also calls for focusing more on trade by giving Pakistani exports easier entry to U.S. markets. Continue reading.

Related links:

Center for Global Development - Beyond Bullets and Bombs

The Council for Foreign Relations - Crisis Guide: Pakistan

Slideshow - Pakistan: A nation in turmoil