White House Wants $2B for Pakistan

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would ask Congress to approve a new five-year aid package to Pakistan, increasing their financing for weapons purchases from $300 million a year to $400 million a year. The announcement comes after months of increasing tension between Pakistan and NATO forces over drone strikes on Pakistani soil; the relationship of the Pakistani intelligence service to the Taliban; and, most recently, accusations from human-rights groups that the Pakistani military has been involved in extrajudicial executions. The U.S. has already supplied around $2 billion to Pakistan in military aid this year.