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MPs: Link Pakistan aid to taxes

Britain must only go ahead with a major increase in aid to Pakistan if the nation increases the amount of tax it collects from its own wealthy people, a Commons committee has recommended.

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Pakistan's elite must pay 'meaningful' amounts of tax

Sir Malcolm Bruce, chairman of the Commons International Development select committee, says UK tax payers cannot be expected to fund aid to Pakistan if the country's wealthy do not pay "meaningful" amounts of income tax.

There is a powerful case for maintaining the UK's bilateral aid to Pakistan. Britain enjoys a close relationship and has long established ties with Pakistan which has real poverty and serious security problems...But the committee is concerned that not enough tax is raised in Pakistan to fully finance improvements in the quality of life for poor people. In particular, we cannot expect people in the UK to pay taxes to improve education and health in Pakistan if the Pakistani elite does not pay meaningful amounts of income tax.

– Committee chairman Sir Malcolm Bruce

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