US to announce aid package to Pakistan

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Saturday a massive aid deal for Pakistan, a senior US official said, as it seeks to build relations with its wavering anti-terror ally.

Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 22:10 PM IST

Islamabad: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton will announce on Saturday a massive aid deal for
Pakistan, a senior US official said, as it seeks to build
relations with its wavering anti-terror ally.

The money will focus on vital energy and water sectors,
the official said, shortly after Clinton arrived in Islamabad
today for high-level talks, adding that full details of the
projects would be announced on Saturday.

The projects will be part of a five-year, USD 7.5 billion
aid package approved by US Congress last year, which hopes to
temper anti-Americanism in Pakistan by building schools,
infrastructure and democratic institutions.

The plan includes several water dam projects in the areas
of Gomal Zam, Satpara and Baluchistan.

Three hospitals will also be renovated and expanded in
Karachi, Lahore and Jacobabad.

Two specific programmes are to be devoted to agriculture,
one for the training of farmers in dairy production, and the
other to increase production and export of mangoes.

PTI