Security Concerns Limit US Aid Program in Pakistan

Concerns over eruptions of violence in insurgent-riddled northwest Pakistan have hampered the disbursement of U.S. aid money, limiting the implementation of aid projects in the area, The Associated Press reports.

Robert Wilson, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s mission director in Pakistan, said that just USD150 million or a fifth of the agency’s USD750 million, five-year aid pledge for the country has been spent since 2007.

The U.S. is counting on closer collaboration with Pakistani agencies to step up the implementation of aid projects, which include construction of roads, water facilities and flood protection infrastructure in the country’s tribal belt.

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