Assistance to Pakistan

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 17, 2012

Question: How much U.S. assistance has been provided to Pakistan since the opening of NATO supply routes?

Answer: The United States remains committed to a strong, mutually respectful relationship with Pakistan. We consider bilateral U.S. civilian assistance to be an important component of that relationship and believe it can help Pakistan become a more prosperous, stable, and democratic state, which serves the national interests of both the United States and Pakistan.

Civilian assistance to Pakistan has been ongoing throughout the closure of the NATO supply lines and has continued after their opening.

While figures for this fiscal year are not yet available, since the passage of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman legislation in October 2009, the U.S. Government has disbursed $2.8 billion in civilian assistance, including approximately $1 billion in emergency humanitarian assistance. Our non-humanitarian civilian assistance funds are spent in five priority sectors: energy, economic growth, stabilization of vulnerable areas, education, and health. Notably, in 2011 the people of the United States supported the construction of 210 kilometers of road in FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, funded the world’s largest Fulbright exchange program, and sponsored initiatives promoting private sector growth and civil society development in Pakistan.

With regard to Coalition Support Funds, we refer you to the Department of Defense.

PRN: 2012/1166