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Obama seeks $2 bn in aid to Pak under emergency war funds

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 20:26 IST
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US President Barack Obama has proposed over $2 billion in civilian and military aid to Pakistan under his emergency war funding request to Congress, apart from seeking millions of dollars for fortifying American diplomatic missions in the militancy-plagued country.

The supplemental request sent to the Congress on Thursday is in tune with Obama's new Afghan-Pak policy that plans to expand the US fight against terrorism across the borders of Afghanistan into Pakistan as well.

Besides proposing $1.4 billion for economic assistance to Pakistan and to support additional civilian personnel, more secure infrastructure and diplomatic operations, Obama requested another $400 million to build the counter-insurgency capabilities of Pakistani security forces.

As the threat to the US embassy in Pakistan has scaled up, mainly due to presence of al-Qaeda and Taliban in that country, Obama also requested Congress to release millions of dollars in emergency war funds to increase security of American missions and diplomats in the Islamic nation.

Obama proposed a separate $52.9 million for operating and security costs for the US missions in Pakistan. In addition to this, he requested $806.2 million to construct new secure and safe facilities in Pakistan, including a new US embassy building in Islamabad.