At a time where $3.9 billion is requested for Afghanistan and over $3 billion for Pakistan in the Congressional bill “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2011 Budget and Appropriations,” one can only wonder if that is a wise allocation of money. If we take the case of Pakistan, it is said to have received about $20 billion since 2001, with almost half devoted to the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), which was set up to support “front-line” states for some of the costs they incur in fighting extremist violence. In May 2010 the US embassy in Islamabad stated in a press release that $7.4 billion of these costs where disbursed. The lack of accountability on the legitimacy of the costs claimed has led experts to estimate that nearly 70% has been illegitimately spent and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to ask for better oversight. In addition to the diversion of funds, the transit via Pakistan of supplies bound for NATO forces operating in Afghanistan has been severely disrupted by road blockages and Islamist militant attacks on convoys. The Pentagon stated in 2009 that it costs $400 to put just a gallon of gas into a combat vehicle or aircraft deployed in Afghanistan.
The first official parliamentarian delegation from Tajikistan visited the UK during November. They made a number of visits during a busy schedule and were involved in discussions in and around both London and Edinburgh. The delegation was led by Mamadsaid Ubaidulloev, the speaker of the Tajik Parliament and a number of key individuals in the Tajik parliament joined him.