Budget for 2013: US okays Pakistan aid — with strings attached

Published: February 14, 2012

Allocation for financial assistance to military lower than in previous years.

WASHINGTON: 

A list of conditions accompanies funds allocated for Pakistan, as the White House, Department of Defence and the State Department reveal their budgets for the fiscal year 2013.

The White House has allocated $800 million for Pakistan’s Counterinsurgency Capability Fund (PCCF) in its budget, whereas the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) allocated $2.4 billion for Pakistan.

The budget shows a decrease of $50 million in comparison with last year’s allocations for PCCF.

In a press release issued by the State Department, the budget allocation requested for Pakistan for the fiscal year 2013 is $2.4 billion. This includes the $800 million cited in the PCCF, and is meant for assistance to “strengthen democratic and civil institutions that provide a bulwark against extremism, and support joint security and counterterrorism efforts”.

The budget documents also outline certifications that the US secretary of state is required to make to various Congress committees before funds such as the Foreign Military Financing Programme, and the PCCF can be allocated.

According to the conditions, the secretary of state must certify that Pakistan is cooperating with the US in counterterrorism efforts against the Quetta Shura, Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, al Qaeda and other domestic and foreign terrorist organisations.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 14th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • O B Server
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:03AM

    He who pays the pied piper calls the tune.
    Beggars cannot be choosers!
    To rephrase an old saying, no honey no money!

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  • Californian
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:45AM

    If Pakistanis had any self respect, they would refuse to take the alms and take hakimi medicine to ease the pain from eating grass.

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  • Dr imitation
    Feb 14, 2012 - 11:50AM

    Contrast this news with the recent news of Indian finance minister saying to Britain that your aid is peanuts and India doesn’t require it. Says a lot about the state of things in the subcontinent.

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  • Ghaznavi
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Uncle Sam: Keep your strings and keep your money

    We don’t need it, and don’t want it. You fight your own wars. Get India (your regional poodle) to send her armies to fight on your behalf; since India is your new found love. India deserves this money more than Pakistan; since we don’t DO MORE anyway.

    Btw, US and India have exchanged Valentine Greetings ;-)

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  • Ashanti
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:14PM

    IF aid is not needed, NOW is the time to speak up and refuse it.

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  • American
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:31PM

    @Ghaznavi:

    Why can’t Mr. kayani say this ???…

    Why you guys feel happy after you receive F-16 free of cost ??

    You should have respect for those who are helping you afloat… You can’t have both ways..

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  • Shirazi
    Feb 14, 2012 - 1:15PM

    No compromise on deep state. Thanks but no thanks.

    :) :)

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  • Parvez
    Feb 14, 2012 - 1:54PM

    …..and how much of this will the people of Pakistan see ????? No marks for the right answer.

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  • Err
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:03PM

    @American
    How about you first do a fact check before you jump to taunt us?? These f-16 were not for free, we PAID for them and US delivered them 16 years too LATE despite taking full payment from Pakistan! Wow really class, and then they cry and wonder why despite the aid pakistanis still dont like them!

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  • Anon
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:09PM

    @Dr Imitation
    If you are an Indian I still agree with your comment, because India was smart enough to stay out of the WoT and did not get tangled with US. Pakistan made the mistake of getting involved with the US, we ourselves became victims of the collateral damaged (both from the Americans and the millitants), the war has cost us in terms of economy, politically, security, civilian lives. Pakistan is worse off after this WoT then it was before it. So yes getting involved with US was a HUGE mistake and so is this aid.

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  • Khalid
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:24PM

    The Zardari Goverment must be happy…..they can continue with there activities for another year and serve the USA while the common suffers .

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  • JS
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:38PM

    @American,
    I challenge anyone here or a common pakistani to stand up and honestly say they have directly benefited from american aid…or have ever even seen a single $ of this American aid bettering their lives, even in the smallest way…not one road, not one industry, not one megaproject, not one school, not one hospital, not one orphanage, not even a single megawatt of energy. And here we are…made to believe it would be worse if this aid is cut…

    P.S. obviously the “status quo” cannot be included in this response to benefitting from american aid…they’ve benefitted enormously

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  • vasan
    Feb 14, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Ghaznavi : What did u do with all those valentine day greetings from US recd till last year? If u guys cant drag India into every issue, I guess the day is not done. And to complain that ET is publishing too many Indian comments. What a hypocracy!!!

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  • faraz
    Feb 14, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Dollars! Yum!!!

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  • To moderator
    Feb 14, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Unlike all other newspaper of pakistan, ET has been fair towards Indian comments. They should always promote the interaction even if it is hostile.. In Times Of India website anyone can go and comment. there is no restriction… In fact they don’t even moderate it… Recommend

  • jagjit sidhoo
    Feb 14, 2012 - 3:16PM

    @Anon: A very rational analysis

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  • HSK
    Feb 14, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Re-read: US pays $800 million for Pakistan’s 24 murdered soldier and for the other ~30,000 Pakistani civilian citizens killed in lieu of terrorist’s war in Pakistan. Our leaders are gutless beggars and selling this nation out to their lords in white-house.

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  • Ghaznavi
    Feb 14, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @ American

    There is nothing ‘free of cost’, US has had more economic advantage from Pakistan as if only I add up the taxes that would have been levied on all containers and cargo going to your forces in Afghanistan totals more than 50 Billion dollars. And you paid us peanuts. Keep your peanuts and keep your war. Kyani has also said that in so many words, if you guys remain blind to ground realities, so be it.

    Pakistan will not bail you out of Afghanistan, the longer you stay there; the more you will suffer. Cut loose while you can and go home. Save your lives.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 6:10PM

    We dont need aid, Gov. of Pakistan should not accept any aid from US

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Feb 14, 2012 - 6:16PM

    @Ghaznavi:

    Btw, US and India have exchanged
    Valentine Greetings ;-)

    But, it’s Pak that’s getting the valentine gift ;-P

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  • Cautious
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:32PM

    You should tell the American’s too pound sand — you can get $2.4 Billion by raising taxes (assuming you can get anyone to pay them).

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  • Dr. Qazi
    Feb 14, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Every country in the world “works” for USA and Western Europe.
    — India, China, S. Korea, Japan provide civilian services to USA/EU and make “loads” of cash
    – Pakistan and Egypt provide military services to US/NATO and get mutually agreed upon price.

    It is our choice to provide civilian services, or military services or both. That’s how cash is earned in this world. There is no other way.

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  • Feb 14, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Pakistanis will say first,”We dont need your aid”. Then, to justify it a few seconds later will retort,”USA has to pay for our services in the War On Terror”.

    Haha. The contradiction is super funny.

    Reject being an American slave and yet want to get paid for it.

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  • Idiot Basher
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:28AM

    @American:
    Free of cost F-16′s? Your grammar and writing ineptitude is pretty vivid, you must be Indian from that hateful tone which is fraught with an intolerable lack of facts and ground realities. We paid for everything. And that isnt aid they give us, that is what they pay us back for services rendered.

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 15, 2012 - 9:23AM

    Before everyone breaks out in a little happy dance, this is the amount that has been requested by the Adminstration for PAK. It is far from a done deal. It must be approved by the US Congress. I would be surprised if PAK sees half of this amount.

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  • Haider Hussain
    Feb 15, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Pakistan can survive without US aid…..and US government too should not extend any grant because it will be consumed by corrupt politicians and never reach the common men

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  • Mirza
    Feb 15, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Take it or leave it. Don’t make fuss like Kerry-Lugar Bill and then accept it. Why make fuss when you are going to take it like always?

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