China provides special grant for rehabilitation in Pakistan

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Islamabad, July 16: China has decided to provide special grant in cash to Pakistan for the rehabilitation programme, media reported.

An agreement has been signed between China and Pakistan on Wednesday, The Express Tribune reported.

Pakistan gets Chinese grant

The agreement, involving a grant of $10 million, was signed by Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong and Muhammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary of Pakistan's Economic Affairs Division.

The grant will be used to support rehabilitation of residents in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region. 

China had earlier this year gave a grant worth $129 million for development in the region.

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Further, the grant will be provided in cash to enable Pakistan to ensure rehabilitation of Fata residents based on the mutual understanding between both the countries and to help improve people's wellbeing, maintain stability and promote social development.

After the launch of a major military offensive last year to eradicate strongholds of Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan tribal area, China has provided assistance for the reconstruction and development of FATA.

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