Earlier today, Pakistan’s foreign minister said that a proposed multibillion-dollar U.S. aid package is crucial to Islamabad’s efforts to fight terrorists.He called the assistance the “first, very strong signal of a long-term commitment with the people of Pakistan.” The U.S. aid bill would provide Pakistan with $1.5 billion a year over the next five years to spend on democratic, economic and social development programs. It also allows “such sums as may be necessary” for aid to the military as it fights militants who have wreaked havoc in Pakistan and across the border in Afghanistan.
The purpose of the aid bill, is meant to alleviate widespread poverty. However, many Pakistanis see it as a sign of unwanted U.S. influence. Many U.S. officials worry that Pakistan would not spend huge amounts of U.S. aid properly. In response, Pakistan’s foreign minister said that it is in his countries best interest to make sure the money is spent on infrastructure and education, in efforts to destroy terrorist and promote a stable economy.
President Obama is scheduled to review the proposed package sometime late this week or early next week. After meeting with U.S. officials, Pakistan’s foriegn minister stated that there must be more trust between Pakistan and the United States, which has long pushed for Islamabad to do more in fighting extremists. What do you think?