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US plans $2.8 billion military aid to Pak to 'fight terror'

world Updated: Apr 01, 2009 12:42 IST

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The US is planning a $2.8 billion military aid to Pakistan to successfully fight terrorism, but Washington would ensure that the money is not spent in a way that would give Islamabad a greater capacity to attack another country, primarily India, a media report said.

The Obama administration is planning to propose to the Congress a $2.8 billion military aid to Pakistan, in addition to the $7.5 billion non-military aid in the next five years as proposed in the Kerry-Lugar Bill, the FOX News said quoting unnamed Defence Department officials.

The officials said the US would have control over the spending of money under this fund, who would ensure that the money is not spent in a way that would give Pakistan a greater capacity to attack another country, primarily India, it reported.

This has been one of the major concerns of India in the past, wherein US funds to fight against terrorism, has been used to purchase fighter jets, primarily aimed at India.

In an interview to FOX News, US Central Command chief General David Petraeus said the plan for military-aid will be called the "Pakistani Counterinsurgency Capability Fund".

It said the military aid of $2.8 billion would be distributed over five years, with the first $400 million of it added to the fiscal year 2009 supplemental request for war fighting. Another $700 million would be in the fiscal 2010 base budget.