We are posting the text of President Obama’s announcement of a new strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. There is a clear shift in the way the US government is focusing on the people of Pakistan. The good news is as follows:
So today, I am calling upon Congress to pass a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by John Kerry and Richard Lugar that authorizes $1.5 billion in direct support to the Pakistani people every year over the next five years — resources that will build schools and roads and hospitals, and strengthen Pakistan’s democracy. I’m also calling on Congress to pass a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Maria Cantwell, Chris Van Hollen and Peter Hoekstra that creates opportunity zones in the border regions to develop the economy and bring hope to places plagued with violence. And we will ask our friends and allies to do their part — including at the donors conference in Tokyo next month.
This is a good development for Pakistan’s crumbling economy and the beleaguered civilian government. We also hope that the policy on bombing of civilian targets will be revised to ensure that US wins support instead of anger and resentment by the people of tribal areas in Pakistan. (Raza Rumi)
Here is the complete text of Presidential remarks:
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON A NEW STRATEGY FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
Room 450, Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 9:40 A.M. EDT Continue reading