IN an attempt to allay the fears in the US and especially among public representatives that the aid money presently sanctioned under the Kerry-Lugar Bill might end up in the pockets of politicians and bureaucrats of Pakistan, US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke has pledged transparency through an oversight mechanism. However, it remains anybody's guess when this money would actually land here, and given the example of frustrating delays in the disbursement of the Coalition Support Fund, one cannot help but keep one's fingers crossed. However, Holbrooke's talk of forming large teams of US inspectors and officials to be stationed in Pakistan to do the audit of the funds rings alarm bells. Recent incidents involving covert US operatives, going around as US diplomats, carrying arms and trying to browbeat Pakistan security officials and others, would make the nation look at these American representatives with fear and suspicion. Whatever the aid, it would fail to create a favourable climate for the US not only for this reason, but also for the fact that it is violating our sovereignty with drone attacks and colluding with the Indians to create trouble for us in FATA and Balochistan. Besides, the salaries and expenses to be incurred on these teams would be charged to the aid, and the remaining amount would not be worth the trouble. Equally important is the factor of the utilisation of the aid. The country today faces a plethora of problems: poor educational facilities and mounting unemployment to cite two of them. There is a dire need for building infrastructure, setting up educational institutions at all levels and providing training to teachers. Likewise, revival of industrial activities and creating investment opportunities could open new vistas of hope. Health, needs special care, particularly in terms of services to the rural areas, where doctors are loath to work. Then the money needs to be spent on rebuilding the energy sector, since our present plight beggars description. However, it is without doubt the country's less developed areas and restive zones towards the west, which deserve a sizeable portion of the aid. Under the circumstances, there is little hope that these expectations of the people would be fulfilled. Unless the aid is not only honestly spent and the mysterious operatives are withdrawn from the country, but also its entire amount is spent on development works (and not audit inspectors) it will make little dent in public perception that it is meant to advance US strategic interests that do not always coincide with Pakistan's national interests.