Last Updated: Thu Oct 28, 2010 18:09 pm (KSA) 15:09 pm (GMT)

Washington offers Pakistan $2 billion military package

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

The United States on Friday pledged two billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan and hailed its efforts to battle extremists, seeking to bolster an uneasy alliance with the frontline nation.

The five-year assistance plan, which replaces an earlier package that expired, meets a key request of Pakistan's leaders, but comes amid signals the United States will deny aid to units accused of human rights violations.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. administration would ask Congress to approve $2 billion in military aid from 2012 to 2016 as part of the United States' "enduring commitment to help Pakistan plan for its defense needs."

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