Asian Development Bank slams Pak for paying 'little respect' to own people

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 07:10 hrs

The Asian Development Bank has urged Pakistani lawmakers to introduce legislation to provide legal cover to resettlement activities.

The Manila-based lending agency believes Pakistan pays little respect to those uprooted from their localities due to the construction of mega development projects.

The ADB report states that there is a lot of confusion on sharing benefits and giving special attention to those who actually pay the price in terms of giving up their lands and resettlement in alien territories, reports The Express Tribune.

The report underscores a critical issue that often triggers violent protests, ending up at clashes between security personnel and affected populations.

According to an ADB official, the government's inability to provide compensation to affected populations is one of the main reasons behind the ADB's reluctance to provide funds for the 11.3 billion dollar Diamer Bhasha Dam.

The ADB has said improvements have to be made in the existing laws if Pakistan wants external financing for its public and private sector development needs. The government's apathy towards affected populations has delayed the completion of many crucial projects, as international lending agencies accord high priority to affected persons, it said. (ANI)

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