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Obama proposals more than triple US aid to Pak

Even before a legislation on civilian aid to Pakistan was passed by the US Congress, the Obama Administration has more than tripled its assistance to Islamabad for the years 2009 and 2010 in its budgetary proposals.

world Updated: May 09, 2009 15:47 IST

Even before a legislation on civilian aid to Pakistan was passed by the US Congress, the Obama Administration has more than tripled its assistance to Islamabad for the years 2009 and 2010 in its budgetary proposals.

More than $2 billion would be flowing into Pakistan at a same time, State Department told reporters today at a media briefing on State Department's International Affair's Budget for the year 2010.

"For the fiscal year 2010, the Obama Administration has proposed $1.6 billion for Pakistan, while $2.8 billion goes to Afghanistan," said Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Jacob Lew.

"In all the State Department's annual budget for the year 2010 includes $4.4 billion in assistance to support the President's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, including significant funding for non-military aid for both countries," he said.

The 2009 supplemental request, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, includes $597 million to help address the economic crisis including agriculture and food security, assist the displaced population, strengthen national and provincial governance, expand the rule of law, and improve access to and quality of education in Pakistan.