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Trump releases $4 tn budget plan; proposes $336 mn aid to Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US today unveiled a USD 4 trillion annual budget for the fiscal 2019 beginning October 1, proposing USD 256 million in civilian assistance and USD 80 million in military aid to

The proposal of aid to comes weeks after Trump administration suspended nearly USD 2 billion in security assistance to due to its inability to take action against terrorist groups operating from its soil.

The has said it would consider lifting the freeze if it sees action by against terrorist groups.

The budgetary proposal says that the military aid depends on Pakistan taking action against terrorist safe havens.

"The budget requests USD 256 million for Pakistan in economic and other assistance to help increase stability, promote economic growth and create opportunities for US businesses," said the annual budgetary proposals sent by the to the

"In addition, the Budget requests USD 80 million in Foreign Military Financing assistance to enhance Pakistan's counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency capabilities, contingent on Pakistan taking appropriate action to expand cooperation in areas where US-Pakistan interests converge and to address areas of divergence, in line with the administration's strategy," the said.

The budget furthers the US goal of a stable and secure by supporting the and security forces in their fight against the insurgents and jihadist terrorist organisations such as and

It requests more than USD 5 billion for continued US training and assistance for the Afghan security forces and would enable US forces to conduct counter-terrorism operations to ensure that the region cannot be used by jihadist, terrorist groups to plot transnational attacks against the US homeland, citizens overseas, or allies and partners.

"The budget also continues to include funding to support America's partnership with Pakistan," it said.

The budget's more than USD 630 million for civilian assistance supports the President's new strategy to empower the people of to take ownership of their future, the White House said.

In addition, the budget strengthens and sustains improvements in education, health, governance and other sectors that are essential for securing a stable and prosperous

It also allows the US to honour the pledge made at the conference on Afghanistan, which anticipated gradually declining assistance levels, it added.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:55 IST