Obama seeks $3.1 bn aid for Pak to fight al Qaeda

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Obama seeks $3.1 bn aid for Pak to fight al Qaeda
Washington, Feb 2: The Obama administration has sought $3.1 billion in non-military aid for Pakistan and $4.0 billion for Afghanistan.

According to a White House document, "President Barack Obama has sought $3.1 billion for Pakistan to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan."

The Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Jacob Lew, said "Obama's budget focuses on improving basic infrastructure, which will enable civilian government to provide better services to the people of Pakistan."

"This is key to improving stability and will also provide the military the tools needed to wage an effective counter terrorist campaign. For Fiscal 2011, funding for Pakistan is $3.2 billion," Lew said.

Obama has proposed $1.2 billion for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund as against $ 700 million in 2009.

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