US budget: Obama proposes $2.4 billion aid to Pakistan in 2013

US Budget- 2.4$ aid to pakistanWASHINGTON: Unveiling its annual budget of $3.8 trillion that calls for tax hikes on the rich, the Obama administration today proposed $2.4 billion in financial aid to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2013.

Of this, $2.2 billion is in assistance to strengthen democratic and civil institutions that provide a bulwark against extremism and support joint security and counter- terrorism efforts, including $800 million for the Pakistan Counter-insurgency Capability Fund, the State Department said soon after the White House sent the budgetary proposals to the Congress.

In all, the budgetary proposals of President Barack Obama provides $8.2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations to support the extraordinary and temporary costs of civilian- led programs and missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Obama’s budgetary proposals also include $4.6 billion for Afghanistan. This includes $2.5 billion in assistance for counterterrorism-related programs, economic growth, reconciliation and reintegration, and capacity building, as well as to support progress in governance, rule of law, counternarcotic, agriculture, health and education.

$2.1 billion is proposed for supporting the expansion of the diplomatic and interagency presence, the extraordinary costs of security in a conflict zone, and public diplomacy programs to build long-lasting bridges with civil society.

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