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Resolved: The US should suspend all aid to Pakistan

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Started: 3/20/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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zooonar

Pro

Hello, we will be debating the topic on Pakistan aid. I will be on the pro side so I will argue that we SHOULD suspend all aid to Pakistan. The first round should be just an acceptance round so no arguments should be posted.
funkymuppetsV2

Con

I accept. Though I am not from the US, I hope this will be an interesting debate.
Debate Round No. 1
zooonar

Pro

I affirm the US should suspend all aid to Pakistan.

First we have to recognize that Pakistan is being counterproductive in America's war on terror. The main purpose of the allyship between the US and Pakistan was to eradicate terrorism from Pakistan and other ME countries, most predominately Afghanistan. Although Pakistan has made attempts to oust terroism from its own country, the same cannot be said for others as the Congressional Research Center elucidates on October 21: "The Pakistan ISI is also
regularly linked to anti-India terrorist groups, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for the November
2008 attack on Mumbai in which some 165 people were killed, six Americans among them." In fact, Pakistan has been manipulating US' aid in order to fuel its own interests, more specifically its threat from India. By supporting terrorism and coalition groups that oppose India, Pakistan can mitigate India's threat which is an interest specific to Pakistan, not the US. Pakistan receives aid to fight terrorism, but because of personal conflicts and interests, Pakistan is being counterproductive and thus if the US were to suspend aid, it would not only stop fueling terrorism within the Middle East, but also deter Pakistan from supporting terrorism in the future.

Next, Assistance to Pakistan is supporting a corrupt and unstable government which creates misallocated funds. A report by the Government Accountability Office found that only $179.5 million of the first $1.5 billion of a new aid program had been spent, mainly because directors of the program could not find credible places in Pakistan to use to the money. Pakistan's government is too corrupt to invest in. In addition to corruption, Pakistan merely uses aid for other personal conflicts which is where the India threat comes into place as well. Pakistan uses the money gained by aid to build more fighter planes and weapons to fuel military hard power directed at India, which has nothing to do with the terrorism problem. All in all, the Pakistanian government is so corrupt and unstable that funds used specifically for the war on terror is instead wasted or being used on non-topical issues, which provides no benefit for the US. The only solution at this point is to withdraw aid from Pakistan in order to avoid further funds wasted on the unstable government.

Lastly, we have to recognize that aid towards Pakistan merely creates an non-independent country that is crippled in the long run. As scholar Christine Fare notes, "Foreign aid lessens the requirement for a government to forge a bond with its citizens by raising revenue and redistributing those funds as services. Such a social contract is fundamental to Pakistan's emergence as a robust democracy that provides for its people." Instead, the Pakistani government is relying on the United States to manage its people, and blaming us when things don't work out. The Atlantic reports Dec 2011: "Pakistan, for its part, can afford to lose neither America's direct financial support, nor the help America provides with international lending agencies. Nor can Pakistan's military afford to lose its access to American weapons systems, and to the trainers attached to them. Economically, Pakistan cannot afford to be isolated by America in the way the U.S. isolates countries it considers sponsors of terrorism." Pakistan simply cannot survive without US aid, meaning that Pakistan can never become a strong independent state if we continue to send aid. With a weaker government comes more opportunities for terrorist groups to seep in and continue their reign which whould undermine the legitimacy of the purpose of Pakistan involvement, so thus the US should discontinue aid and instead approach pragmatic solutions that would secure a strong Pakistan state.

Thus, vote AFF
funkymuppetsV2

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
zooonar

Pro

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funkymuppetsV2

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Debate Round No. 3
zooonar

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
zooonar

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funkymuppetsV2

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by funkymuppetsV2 5 years ago
funkymuppetsV2
b!tch please...
i want this one
Posted by Zaradi 5 years ago
Zaradi
I call this debate. Nobody take this.
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