Pakistan is told it must come clean

An MP has demanded the Pakistani government"come clean" over what it knew about Osama Bin Laden's location if Britain is to keep supporting the country financially.

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said he wanted Pakistan to be a prosperous, peaceful and successful country, free of corruption but questions needed to be answered.

Speaking in the Commons, he said: "It is in our interests to support that, but lots of people in this country know that something stinks about where Bin Laden was found and where he has apparently been living for the past five years."

Earlier this month David Cameron announced a £650 million aid package for Pakistani education. The Prime Minister said Mr Hopkins made an"important point" and said it was unacceptable that many people in Pakistan did not pay taxes.

He said: "It is not easy for us in the west to take money off our taxpayers to give to Pakistani education - vital though that is - if Pakistan is not collecting taxes from its own people.

Dealing with corruption, making the country more transparent and ensuring that wealthy people in Pakistan pay their taxes should all be part of our bilateral agenda."

Rashid Awan, of the Pakistan Society of West Yorkshire, believes the Pakistani government was aware Bin Laden was hiding out in their country. He said: "We all believe there is a corrupt government in Pakistan no one denies that, but people are suffering. Aid must continue but it must be monitored to make sure it gets to the right people. The good thing to happen was Bin Laden was killed."

Shipley MP Philip Davies has criticised the aid package at a time when the UK education budget was being slashed.

Mr Davies said: "This is wholly unacceptable on two levels."Firstly because the UK simply cannot afford it, and secondly because there is no evidence at all to suggest that spending this money will do anything to make Britain more secure. The financial reality is that the UK government is borrowing more than £400 million a day and is paying £120 million a day in debt interest payments.

Why on earth should we borrow even more money to hand over to Pakistan?"