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Obama proposes 18 % drop in aid to Pakistan for fiscal 2015

Proposes $ 546 million in total economic-related assistance and $ 336 million in total security-related aid

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

President has proposed $ 882 million in foreign aid to for next year, a substantial drop of 18 % from the fiscal 2013.

According to Congressional experts, who have tabulated the budgetary proposals which was sent to the by Obama, the President has proposed $ 546 million in total economic-related assistance and $ 336 million in total related assistance to

The assistance to in fiscal 2013 was $ 1.2 billion - $ 834 million economic and $ 361 million related aid.

Figures for the fiscal 2014, which ends in October this year, are not yet available.

This, however, does not include the coalition support fund reimbursement which is the money given to Pakistan in lieu of the actual expenses made by towards the support of the operations in

Under the related assistance, the Obama Administration has retained the 2013 level of $ 280 million of foreign military assistance for the year 2015.

For 2014, Obama had proposed $ 300 million in foreign military financing for Pakistan.

There is been drop in other security related funds including counter narcotics.

There is no allocation to Pakistan counterinsurgency fund/counterinsurgency capability fund, which was $ 452 million in 2012, $ 800 million in 2011 and $ 700 in 2010.

Under the economic related assistance the largest drop has been in the Economic Support Funds - from actual $ 724 in 2013 and requested $ 766 in 2014 to just $ 546 proposed for the fiscal 2015.

The drop in financial aid to Pakistan is attributed to the continued strain on economy, as a result of which even the Department of Defence has been forced to cut its budget.

First Published: Fri, March 07 2014. 12:36 IST