Pakistan received USD349.3 million from the United States on Feb. 24 as part of a fund to help the U.S. ally sustain efforts to fight Islamist militancy. “We have received USD349.3 million as reimbursement from the U.S. for the coalition support fund,” said Syed Wasimuddin, chief spokesman for the State Bank of Pakistan. The U.S. fund is used to reimburse states such as Pakistan that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan had in recent months been complaining that the United States was behind on payments. The U.S. said there had been some delays for administrative reasons. Last month, President Asif Ali Zardari told U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke that the war on militancy had cost Pakistan USD35 billion in the last eight years. (Reuters)

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