US to aid $ 845 mn for Pak in FY 2008

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Washington, Nov 9: The State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID) have requested a 845 million dollar-assistance to Pakistan in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Congressional Budget.

''Our FY 2008 Congressional Budget request is about 785 million dollars, with a FY 2008 Supplemental Amendment of 60 million dollars,''the State Department said.

The 785 million dollars, requested in the FY 2008 Congressional Budget, provide about 342 million dollars Peace and Security (Includes Foreign), Military Financing, International Military Education and Training, Law Enforcement Reform, counter-narcotics, and counter-terrorism.

The United States considers Pakistan a key ally in the war against terror, having given more than 10 billion dollars to the Musharraf Government since 2001.

However, after emergency rule was declared in Pakistan on Saturday, the US said it would review the financial aid given to the former.

When asked whether the Bush Administration has any timetable for the review, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said, ''I don't have a timetable, but it's something that people are working on right now.''

UNI

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