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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has called for more international aid to combat extremists, claiming that the Taliban could move into India and the Gulf if the financial support to stem their movement is not made available. He has asked for 2.5 billion dollars for emergency relief and reconstruction aid for the north-west of Pakistan, where military operations against the militants are ongoing. Mr Qureshi’s request for aid comes two days before the first summit of European Union and Pakistan leaders in Brussels, at which aid for Islamabad will likely top the agenda.
Do you think increased foreign aid to Pakistan can help prevent the spread of militants across the region? If Pakistan does receive the requested aid from the European Union, how should the government utilise the funds? In terms of reconstruction, what developments are urgently required?