Obama to propose 2.8 billion dollars military aid for PakistanMarch 31st, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, Mar. 31 (ANI): President Barack Obama has planned to propose 2.8 billion dollars in aid for the Pakistani military to intensify the US-led war on terror along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
The military aid would be in addition to the civilian aid–1.5 billion dollars a year for five years.
According to Fox News, the military aid will be dedicated exclusively to “equipping, training, and building infrastructure directly related to counterinsurgency operations.”
The channel quoted General David Petraeus, as telling that the plan will be called the “Pakistani Counterinsurgency Capability Fund”.
Official sources revealed that the US has charted out the plan in such a way that none of the aid would be spent in a way that would give Pakistan a greater capacity to attack another country, such as India.
US Commanders would have total control over how the money is spent, they said.
The aid would be distributed over the span of five years, with the first 400 million dollars added to the fiscal year 2009 supplemental request for war fighting.
Another 700 million dollars would be in the fiscal 2010 base budget. Then 575 million dollars would be spent each year from fiscal 2011 through 2013.
On Friday, Obama had described Pakistan’s FATA region as “the most dangerous place in the world.” (ANI)
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