White House trims counterinsurgency aid to Pakistan in 2013 budget.
A list of conditions accompanied the funds allocation request for Pakistan among the White House, the Department of Defense and the State Department budgets for fiscal year 2013.
The White House has allocated 800 million dollars for Pakistan's Counterinsurgency Capability Fund (PCCF) in its budget for fiscal year 2013, whereas the State Department and USAID budget for Pakistan comes to 2.4 billion dollars, The Express Tribune reports.
The budget, which will go to Congress for an approval, shows a decrease of 50 million dollars in the allocation figure for PCCF from last year.
The purpose of the fund is to "build and maintain the counterinsurgency capability" of Pakistan's security forces. The services provided by the US include human rights training, providing equipment, supplies, training and infrastructure repair.
The description of the PCCF stated in the budget documents released by the State Department state that the PCCF "enhances the capabilities of the Pakistan Army, the Pakistan Air Force, and the Frontier Corps by meeting their needs for training, equipment, and infrastructure.
The PCCF will assist the Government of Pakistan to eliminate the violent extremists' ability to operate along its border with Afghanistan, and its account will reportedly draw down when the need for intensive support for engagement against terrorist organisations in Pakistan declines."
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 Program, PCCF etc. can be allocated. ( ANI )
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|Date:||Feb 14, 2012|
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