Britain ‘should cut aid to Pakistan’

Britain should consider cutting aid to Pakistan because its own leaders do not pay their taxes and other countries are more in need.

The International Development select committee Pakistan is now classed as a middle-income country and is not doing enough to help its own poor.

The committee also questioned aid spending in Nigeria, which is benefiting significantly from British taxpayers despite a booming energy industry and rapidly growing economy.

In 2014/15, Britain is set to give £446 million ($750m US) of assistance to Pakistan, making it the largest recipient of UK bilateral aid in the world.

“It is unlikely that expenditure would be so high if the country were not having to confront Islamic extremism,” the committee concluded…