Make Pakistan aid development oriented: Experts

Washington: Noting that America`s efforts are heavily focused on security in nuclear-armed Pakistan, a group of eminent US experts have called for a substantial revamp of the country`s approach towards Islamabad to make aid development oriented.

"The United States is way off course in Pakistan. It`s heavily focused on security while neglecting low-cost, low-risk investments in jobs, growth, and the long haul of democracy building," said Nancy Birdsall, president of the Washington-based Centre for Global Development, which released a report on Pakistan prepared by eminent US and Pakistani development experts.

The report says that the administration`s integrated `Af-Pak` approach — lumping Pakistan together with Afghanistan in policy deliberations and bureaucratic lines of authority — has "muddled" the Pakistan development mission.

Similarly, "the integration of development, diplomacy, and defence has…left the programme without a clear, focused mandate.