By SUNIL Sonkar
Washington, October 22 — The Obama administration pledged on Friday to seek more $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan over the span of five-year that would increase the current financing for the purchase of weapons by one-third.
Today’s meeting was held by top Pakistani officials in Washington. At the end of the meeting, Clinton said: “The United States has no stronger partner when it comes to counterterrorism efforts against the extremists who threaten us both than Pakistan.”
This aid news arrives at the time when the Obama administration has moved to cut off assistance to Pak military units.
In the Wednesday meeting in White House with the Pakistani delegation, Obama praised the efforts of Pakistan and said that US is expecting more robust offensive against Taliban and al-Qaeda sanctuaries in the tribal areas along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The military chief of staff Gen. Ashfaq Kayani was also present in the meeting.
The Pakistani as well as US officials said President Obama repeated a message that if a terrorist attack on US is ever shown to have emanated from the Pak, United States would be forced to respond.