WASHINGTON: The US Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved around $960 million in assistance allocation for Pakistan in the 2015 fiscal year, ARY News has learnt.
The approved amount of $959.7 million, however, is less than the Obama Administration’s request of $1.03 billion. But the powerful panel also acknowledged improved relations between two countries since last year’s elections and urged sustained commitment to common goals.
In its measure for the State Department expenditures, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommends up to $ 816 million for assistance programmes in Pakistan and directs that assistance in Pakistan target unemployment, illiteracy, and disenfranchisement among the most impoverished communities. The US financial year starts on October 1 each year.