|US renews arms aid to Pakistan
The United States will release US$1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan, an official said Tuesday.
The State Department has notified Congress that it intends to release the funds budgeted for in previous years including the fiscal year 2012.
The bulk of the funding is made up of US$1.38 billion in military aid, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The rest is US$260.5 million in civilian aid.
“The US$260.5 million in civilian assistance is part of the total US$959.5 million in FY2012 civilian assistance to be notified, because much of the civilian assistance continued unaffected during the slow down,'' she told AFP.
Some of the delayed funds stretch back as far as 2009, she added.
Meanwhile, the State Department has also requested a further US$1.16 billion in funding for Pakistan for the 2014 US budget which has yet to be approved by Congress. This would be broken down into US$857 million of civilian assistance and US$305 million of security assistance.
The news came as new Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in the United States on the highest level official Pakistani visit for several years.