Pakistan is expecting to receive more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid from United States of America earlier next year.
According to the US officials and congressional aides, the decision was taken after relations between the two nations improved enough, which disintegrated over the covert US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and airstrike that killed Pakistani soldiers.
United States is quietly taking the decision as US and Pakistani officials announced the restart of their strategic dialogue amid Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif visit to Washington for talks this coming week.
US officials and congressional aides have said that most of the money have been cleared by Congress, and the flow of money should start earlier next year.
The US Department of State has stressed on the importance for enhancing Pakistan’s anti-terrorism capabilities through better communications, night vision capabilities, maritime security and precision striking with F16 fighter jets.
The department told Congress on July 25 that it would spend $295 million to help Pakistan’s military. Twelve days later it announced $386 million more, the Associated Press reported.
A pair of notifications, arriving on Aug. 13 and worth $705 million, centered on helping Pakistani troops and air forces operating in the militant hotbeds of western Pakistan, and other counterinsurgency efforts.