Pakistan Observer

Pak-US relations

Dr Saifur Rehman

Monday, October 07, 2013 - The US Congress passed the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act (often referred to as “Kerry-Lugar-Berman,” or “KLB,” after its co-sponsors) in October 2009 in order to demonstrate the US long-term commitment to cooperation with the Pakistani people and their civilian institutions. Between October 2009 and July 2013, the U.S. disbursed over $3.55 billion in civilian assistance to Pakistan, including over $1 billion of humanitarian assistance following natural disasters floods and conflict. US civilian assistance to Pakistan is focused on five priority areas: energy; economic growth, including agriculture; community stabilization of restive areas; education; and health. These priorities were determined in consultation with the Government of Pakistan. The U.S. implements programs with Pakistani partners, including the Government of Pakistan, civil society, and private sector actors to increase local capacity and promote sustainability of efforts.

Keeping in view agreements between US and Pakistan. I forwarded my request to them regarding donations for PIMS. On May 8 some Americans visited the Emergency and Accident Centre (EAC) of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), the largest tertiary care hospital of the capital. Their visit went very positive, and some medical equipment has been delivered to the Emergency and Accident Centre (EAC) of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). It was much needed and still more to be delivered very soon. They are very positive to Pakistani people, at this stage I would like to thank Ambassador Richard Olson and medical unit in US embassy in Pakistan for their sincere efforts in this regard. This is very clear message for all Pakistanis that US is here to help people of Pakistan and it is matter of common sense that we need to coordinate with them and to gather we can make prosperous Pakistan and self-sustainable institutions in the country.

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