THE World Bank has told Pakistan that it will stop not just foreign aid for flood relief if it does not introduce a transparent mechanism to monitor the money being spent, but also stop its own funding if this mechanism is not put in place, and if a reformed GST is not imposed in October. One reason might be the World Bank acting as a front to save those countries which have made pledges, but do not wish to put down actual cash. Since its President is appointed by the US President, it is more than likely that the USA does not wish to fulfill its pledges. However, apart from this, there is also an expression of lack of trust in the government. It seems that the World Bank is using the flood aid to impose its own agenda, and it seems that there is an increase in the number of slogans which the World Bank is using for Pakistan. The latest was 'tax-to-GDP ratio, which was repeated during the briefing on Friday at which the latest announcement was made, but it seems that 'transparency is the new stick which will be used to beat Pakistan over the head with. Though its present government has made it possible for others to use this particular stick, it really means 'not cooperative enough in the USAs so-called war on terror. However, Pakistans cooperation cannot give the USA the victory it seeks, and thus its corruption is seen. If all was going well for the USA, there would be no American perception of Pakistani corruption, and thus no World Bank perception. However, even though the PM and the leader of the main opposition party agreed to the formation of a commission of well-reputed persons, the process of formation is taking too long. Though three provinces have named their nominees for the Disaster Management Council, names from the fourth province, Balochistan, and the federal government are taking too long for the Council to be formed, and then the money to be received from abroad, and passed on to the Disaster Management Authority, and only then the affectees. It seems that the World Bank, instead of seeing the floods as the disaster they are, has seen them as an opportunity to push through the imposition of the Sales Tax. Any such attempt will have inflationary effects which would be disastrous at the best of times, and will be an addition to the flood-induced round of inflation. If all this can only be solved by a break with the Bank, and thus with the USA and its war, then Pakistan should go ahead and pursue a policy that will only win the approval of its people. The mirage of the reformed GST will not be used to create wrong impressions any longer.