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Congress passes $ 1.9b for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The House of Representatives passed the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Pandemic Flu, according to a message received here Friday. There is $1.9 billion for Pakistan, which is $591 million above the Administration request, the message said. There is $597 million for economic assistance including agriculture, food security, displaced persons national and provincial governance, rule of law, and improved access to quality of education, it explained.

This economic package is $100 million above the Administration’s request. There is another amount of $400 million in the Pakistan package for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund which will be available on September 30th, 2009. NNI

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