UNFPA monetary pressure forces change

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 ( – The Pakistan government promised to hold population control as a “national priority” as it thanked the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for a $35 million (US) funding agreement. In August, the Government of Pakistan rejected a UNFPA proposal to include lessons on the “benefits” of “small families” in the national education syllabus, but UNFPA threatened that the decision would cost the government $250 million. Yesterday the UN organization signed an agreement with the Asian country to provide $35 million (US) for “reproductive health, population and development strategy, advocacy and programme coordination” over a four-year period.

The Pakistan English paper Dawn reports that Population Welfare Minister Attiya Inayatullah in announcing the UNFPA agreement said Pakistan has attained a fertility reduction and the maintaining of the population control measure is a national priority.

Pakistan’s Business Recorder reported August 8 that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) met with Pakistani Health Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Kasi and conditionally offered $250 million in assistance for reproductive health projects. A Health Ministry spokesman said, “The UN official contended that if the children are imparted awareness on small families from an early age, it will help control population growth.” UNFPA also insisted that the use of the money must be managed solely by the UN organization since “the financial assistance so far extended for population welfare projects has not been utilized justly.”

The Pakistani Muslim culture, with its traditionally high regard for children and family is certain to undergo major change as a result of its new co-operation with the U.N. depopulation agenda.

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