US unveils $2bn military aid plan

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The Independent Online

The United States has laid out a five-year, $2bn (£1.3bn) military aid package for Pakistan, and has pressed the Islamabad government to step up the fight against extremists there and in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced the plan at the end of the latest round of US-Pakistani strategic talks.

The new aid package will not benefit Pakistani military units suspected of human rights abuses. The Obama administration has already cut off aid to some Pakistani units over concerns they may have been involved in abuses that include extrajudicial killings and torture.