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Statistics, US Aid to Pakistan

2001-16: US Aid to Pakistan

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Financial aid to Pakistan by US, 2012-16

Change in US policy towards Pakistan, 2011-15

Financial aid to Pakistan by US, 2012-16; The Times of India, September 2, 2017
Change in US policy towards Pakistan, 2011-15; The Times of India, September 2, 2017

Since 9/11, Pak has received nearly $20 billion in US aid Subodh Varma | TIG

7-5-2011

  Dawn


In a startling revelation, an update released on Wednesday says that US funding to Pakistan has more than doubled since President Obama took office in 2009. In fiscal 2010 US gave nearly $4.3 billion to Pakistan, up from about $3 billion in 2009 and $2 billion in 2008. The US fiscal year runs from October to September.

This updated information was collated by Congresional Research Service (CRS), associated with the US Congres. The CRS briefs are not available in the public domain, but this document has been published by Federation of American Scientists (FAS), a nonprofit peace advocacy group.

After the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, lawmakers in Washington have been questioning the wisdom of the US policy of providing financial aid to Pakistan.

For fiscal 2011, US state department has till date not released country-specific estimates under the Continuing Resolution, a law that allows spending to continue while US Congres and President hammer out a compromise.

With these new figures, the total financial aid received by Pakistan since fiscal 2002 — that is, after 9/11 — adds up to a massive $20 billion. This is more than the aid Pakistan received from the US in the preceding half century. Between 1947 and 2000, Pakistan received about $12 billion from the US.

The latest information shows that between 2002 and 2010, Pakistan received over $13 billion as “security related” assistance and about $6 billion as economic assistance.

K Alan Kronstadt, specialist in South Asian Affairs at CRS says in that Congres has appropriated $1.6 billion under Coalition Support Funds for 2011, while President Barack Obama has requested $1.75 billion for the same head for 2012.

2000-16: Steady decline in US aid to Pakistan

Why Pakistan may not worry too much about US blocking military aid, January 2, 2018: The Times of India

HIGHLIGHTS

Security funding as well as economic-related funding to Pakistan by the US has already seen a sharp downswing since fiscal 2010

Between 2002 and 2009, US aid to Pakistan averaged a little over $2.2 billion a year

Total aid to Pakistan in fiscal year 2010 was $4.5 billion, whereas total aid in fiscal 2016 was $794 million


While the blocking today of significant military funds to Pakistan+ seems like stern action on the part of the US, which often doesn't follow up on its threats to Islamabad, it is worth bearing in mind that security funding as well as economic-related funding to Pakistan by the US has already seen a sharp downswing since fiscal 2010.

So, from being the country where most of US funds got funnelled to after 9/11, Pakistan has become relatively persona non grata, as far as US aid is concerned, in 2017.

Even more telling is that the numbers - sourced from the US's Congressional Research Service - put paid to the perception that Republicans carry a bigger stick, when it comes to their allies, than Democrats. They don't.

The numbers show that the biggest decline in US security- and economic-related funding to Pakistan happened during the years Barack Obama, a Democrat, was President of the US.

Consider this: Between 2002 and 2009, US aid to Pakistan averaged a little over $2.2 billion a year. Total aid to Pakistan in fiscal year 2010 was $4.5 billion, whereas total aid in fiscal 2016 was $794 million. Of this total aid, US security funding for Pakistan was $1.24 billion in 2010, which came down to a paltry $316 million in 2016.

That begs the question: Does today's announcement by the Trump administration, that it's blocking $225 million in security-related funding to Pakistan, have as much as an impact as it appears to? The answer suggests itself in the graph below, which is a breakdown of US economic and security aid to Pakistan since 2010.

2012-17: Trends in US aid to Pakistan

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2012-17: Trends in US aid to Pakistan

2012-17: Trends in US aid to Pakistan
From January 4, 2018: The Times of India
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