UK aid and elections in Pakistan
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Response to British media reports on UK aid and the Pakistan elections
The UK is politically impartial in Pakistan. Our development assistance is based on need and effectiveness, not politics. The Benazir Income Support Programme Act was unanimously passed and supported by all political parties in Pakistan.
We keep our programme in Pakistan under constant review, and will continue to do so after the elections. Economic reform in Pakistan, including on tax, will be critical post-election, whoever wins. It will be important for elected politicians to show leadership to the Pakistan electorate and a commitment to reform by submitting tax returns and paying tax due.