Pakistan overlooks Canada for help with flood recovery efforts - Macleans.ca
 

Pakistan overlooks Canada for help with flood recovery efforts

Disaster Assistance Response Team has no immediate plans to travel to Pakistan


 

Foreign military forces from the United States, Japan and Australia are either in Pakistan or en route in the wake of the worst flooding in the country’s history, but the Canadian military’s Disaster Assistance Response Team has no immediate plans to travel to Pakistan since it hasn’t been asked to go. An official at the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad said a DART deployment “can only be considered upon formal request from the government of the affected country.” The Pakistan government publicly thanked DART for their assistance following the 2005 Kashmir earthquake that killed 80,000 people, but there was controversy over Pakistan’s demand that Canadian troops avoid bringing any weapons into the country. If Canada ultimately does send DART to Pakistan, the team would probably be deployed in southern Pakistan where floodwaters remain high.

Toronto Star


 
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Pakistan overlooks Canada for help with flood recovery efforts

  1. It would probably be very difficult to send DART to a Taliban infested area without weapons, unless of course, they will fully trust their lives to Pakistani Military's protective blanket?

  2. Pakistan needs to understand that the Western countries are not as willing to give aid as we've done in the past – first of all there is a huge distrust issue with Pakistan's corrupt government, there is also the suspect harboring and aiding terrorists, then add the fact that recently there have been severals disasters in a row, which Canadians have given generously, Haiti, China, our pockets are only so deep. Now they would request our aid-givers come without weapons – icing on the cake. Perhaps some of those oil-rish Arab Nations, whom Pakistan embraces as kith and kin, should come forth and send money and aid for a change.

  3. Wow, this has been up all day, and not a single commenter has seen fit to ascribe this to Harper's incompetence as a leader hurting our standing in the international community.

    Why does the Pakistani government hate our troops?

    And now, getting serious, because it is beyond serious: wasn't there a former Pakistani politician (or maybe it was a current opposition figure) who opined, in the wake of these floods, that Pakistan should be able to take care of itself without any foreign aid at all?

  4. If the Pakistan gov't doesn't need our help then they won't ask for it. Some of the Imams are saying they shouldn't take any foreign aid either. My heart breaks for the people of Pakistan in their hour of need.