British aid money is being used to line the pockets of wealthy Pakistanis with links to the country’s corrupt regime, minsters have been warned.
Former cricket star Imran Khan said Pakistani politicians were syphoning off cash from the multi-million pound budget handed over by the Department for International Development.
Mr Khan, head of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party, said the cash was going to those who did not need it and ‘never reaches’ deserving people.
The remaks, to the Sun on Sunday newspaper, come after a report revealed aid spending had done nothing to help the economic and political freedoms of people in the countries which get the cash.
It examined the progress of 28 countries which have had a share of the aid financed by British taxpayers and found that the money ‘does not have any discernible impact on freedom in developing countries’.
The report produced by the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that twice as many countries lost freedoms after receiving British aid than improved the political and human rights conditions for their citizens…