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US seeking extra 200 mln dlrs for Pakistan displaced: envoy

The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  is seeking an extra 200 million dollars in emergency aid to help Pakistanis displaced by a military offensive against the Taliban in the northwest, an envoy said Wednesday.

"Today, the president has asked me to inform you and your government that he has requested the Congress of the United States Congress of the United States, the legislative branch of the federal government, instituted (1789) by Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States, which prescribes its membership and defines its powers.  to allocate an additional 200 million dollars," said Afghanistan and Pakistan envoy, Richard Holbrooke Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke (born April 24, 1941) is an American diplomat, magazine editor, author, Peace Corps official, and investment banker. He is also the only person to have held the Assistant Secretary of State position for two different regions of the world (Asia and .

He addressed a news conference in Islamabad flanked by President Asif Ali Zardari Asif Ali Zardari (Urdu: آصف علی زرداری) (Sindhi:آصف علي زرداري) (born July 21, 1956) is the chief of the Zardari tribe and the  at the start of a two-day visit to assess the plight of around 2.4 million people UN officials say have been displaced by the offensive.

The United States has praised the assault, which was ordered after Taliban fighters advanced to within 100 kilometres (60 miles) of Islamabad, sparking US warnings that Islamist militants posed a serious threat to the country.

Holbrooke said US President Barack Obama sent him to Pakistan, first and foremost to show US concern over those who have been displaced.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had already announced 110 million dollars with an extra 20 million dollars allocated through non-governmental organisations, Holbrooke said.

"We want to help as much as we can," said Holbrooke, recognising that no amount of assistance would meet the full needs of Pakistan, which is battling Islamist militants in its northwest and on the border with Afghanistan.

The United States has made rooting out Islamist extremism in nuclear-armed Pakistan its flagship foreign policy alongside turning around the flagging war in Afghanistan, where a Taliban insurgency The Taliban insurgency started shortly after the group's fall from power following the 2001 war in Afghanistan. The Taliban continue to attack Afghan, ISAF and U.S. army troops and many terrorist incidents attributable to them have been registered.  has become increasingly deadly.

Holbrooke is expected to visit camps for the displaced in North West Frontier Province as well as hold talks with Zardari and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during his visit.

The diplomat, architect of the 1995 Dayton Accord that ended the three-year Bosnian war, is also expected to meet the army chief and officials of various organisations handling the problem, a foreign ministry told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .

Officials in Washington said the special US envoy would be accompanied by officials from the State Department, USAID USAID United States Agency for International Development
USAID Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (Spanish) 
 and the Pentagon.
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