Washington, Feb 25: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked lawmakers to approve the Obama Administration's proposal of $ 3.2 billion aid to Pakistan.
Clinton said, "In Pakistan, our request includes $3.2 billion to combat extremism, promote economic development, strengthen democratic institutions, and build a long-term relationship with the Pakistani people."
Clinton appreciated the recent steps taken by President Asif Ali Zardari government.
"I've ordered a redirection of our aid so that we produce results that are in line with the needs and aspirations of the Pakistani people," she said.
She further said, "I think we should explore additional opportunities that might increase more trade, remove more barriers and Pakistanis have to do more as well."