Pakistan is once again going to receive military and economic aid from the United States, according to a Saturday post in the Denver Post. More than $1.6 billion in aid - which was suspended to Pakistan when relations between the United States and Pakistan were challenged due to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers – is quietly being restored.
Unnamed officials and U.S. congressional aides assert that relations between the two countries have improved to the point that the financial assistance can be reinstated in an effort to fight terrorism.
According to the report, the United States and Pakistan have restarted dialoguing after an extended pause in the talks. In fact, Nawaz Sharif, the new prime minister of Pakistan will be in Washington, D.C. this week to have a talk with President Barack Obama.
However, both sides of the relationship remain very quiet about their reignited relations – which are likely due to the foreign policy disagreements they’ve had in recent times over the coup in Egypt and chemical weapons attacks in Syria. According to the report, the quiet nature of the now-continued relations strongly suggests suspicions between the two countries about their trust in one another. Additionally, American leaders don’t like headlining the fact they are giving so much monetary assistance to such a country when the United States obviously has its own financial problems which are not successfully being worked out in Washington, D.C. – to say the least. Pakistanis, on the other hand do not like their people and the world seeing them depending on others for its financial survival.
The report also asserts that the United States Congress has cleared the major part of the money to aid Pakistan and it should start going to the Middle East country in the early part of 2014.