It is not surprising to find political leaders amassing fortunes during their tenures as ministers or stints in various public offices at the expense of the economically challenged population. The citizens suffer as the money earmarked for them is ruthlessly devoured by their leaders. Huge amounts of aid, both foreign and local, tend to disappear once they come in the hands of the men that run our governments. Recently, a newspaper carried reports of foreign aid promised to Pakistan for the IDPs. The UK Prime Minister pledged to provide 12m while euro 5.5m were committed by the EU. Some independent party needs to keep check on the proper disbursement of these precious endowments and ensure they are only utilized for the welfare of the deserving Pakistanis. The government cannot be trusted in this regard. -A CONCERNED CITIZEN, Karachi, via e-mail May 19.