ISLAMABAD: United States government has proposed about US $860 million in aid for Pakistan during the 2016-17 fiscal year, in the proposed amount $265 million allocated for purchasing military hardware.
“The budget also provides $859.8 million towards sustaining cooperative relationships with Pakistan,” the State Department said.
In 2013-2014 one billion dollars were allocated in US budget, then in 2014-2015 the amount decreased to $917 million, now for year 2016-17 proposed amount is $859.9 million, it indicates the gradual decrease in aid by United States to Pakistan.
“The requested funding will support the country’s counter-insurgency missions, and bolster stability, energy access, economic growth, and social reform,” US Secretary of States John Kerry said in a letter along with proposals, reported Times of India.
“Given the ongoing transition in Afghanistan and continued terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets throughout Pakistan, FMF is essential to Pakistan’s efforts to increase stability in its western border region and ensure overall stability within its own borders,” the State Department told.
“The FMF OCO request for Pakistan in FY 2017 will enhance the Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Air Force, and Navy’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations against militants throughout its borders, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”