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US assistance to Pakistan helps reduce terrorism: John Kerry

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posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 01:09 PM
Really? IMO, I think they're extorting the money at their convenience. When in need for some cash, raise the terrorist activities and ask uncle sam to cough it up all the while several states and programs face cutbacks domestically in US. Agree that Diplomacy costs money but only if its strategically buys more in return.

WASHINGTON: The US assistance to Pakistan has helped in reducing the conditions that foment extremism in the country, US secretary of state John Kerry said as the State Department in its annual budget sought USD 1.3 billion in economic and military assistance for the South Asian nation.

"Our economic and military assistance to Pakistan helps reduce the conditions that enable extremism and its calling card - terrorism - to disrupt and destroy," said John Kerry in an eight-page budget letter to the US Congress on Wednesday.

"We are helping Pakistan to continue its development as a responsible and responsive international partner. For Pakistan we request USD 1.3 billion in financial year 2014 to fund civil and military assistance along with supporting the existing diplomatic platform," Kerry said.

According to a State Department fact sheet, the budgetary provisions for Pakistan includes programs that increase stability, strengthens democratic institutions and helps in countering violent extremism.

It also invests in energy, economic growth, stabilisation of border areas, education, health and counter insurgency and counter terrorism capabilities.

The budgetary provisions support the US government's civilian presence in the country and modernises security forces but eliminates the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund, the State Department said.

"In Pakistan, we're looking at programs to make sure that we are putting the dollar where it's going to have the greatest impact," the State Department said.

The USD 1.3 billion proposed by the State Department includes USD 860 million as non-military assistance and about USD 300 million as military assistance.

On foreign military financing (FMF), it said, "there were implementation issues, but also we feel our FMF program is the primary way we're going to be dealing with the security relationship at this point with the Pakistanis."

The USD 1.3 billion aid to Pakistan is in addition to the USD 1.4 billion proposed by the President Barack Obama in his annual budget under the overseas contingency operations (OCO).

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posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 04:03 PM
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Welcome to the realm of the Obama Administration's obsession with Geopolitics. There are so many things wrong in Pakistan that I am left speechless when numbnuts Kerry speaks like this about the govt. that willingly Harbored Bin Laden for how long?

One thing is certain, Obama has had a long standing relationship with Pakistan and influential Pakistanis dating back to his college days. Hence the constant glad-handing and willful ignorance of all things Pakistan.

Time to cut them off for a year to see if there is any merit in his statement. We could used the money saved right here in the US.
edit on 11-4-2013 by jibeho because: (no reason given)

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