The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution seeking a review of priorities for aid delivery to Pakistan under a bill that gives it $7.5 billion in civilian assistance in five years.
The resolution introduced by Congressman Howard Berman, Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Foreign Affairs, was co-sponsored by 21 other lawmakers.
While expressing condolences to and solidarity with the people of Pakistan in the aftermath of the devastating flood, the resolution sought re-examination of priorities for spending the funds authorised under the Enhanced partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009.
“The re-examination of priorities needs to be done with a view to ensure that the needs of the Pakistan people are appropriately addressed in the aftermath of the disaster,” it said.
The resolution supports the use of funds authorised by the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009 for the purposes of providing long-term recovery and rehabilitation for flood-affected areas and populations.
It asks the US and the international community, including citizens and foreign governments, to continue providing assistance to help the people of Pakistan and to help strengthen and support the Pakistan government to meet the needs of its people.
Mourning the significant loss of life, as well as the physical damage, caused by the flooding in Pakistan; the resolution says that Pakistan was and remains a close ally and friend of the United States.
It also recognises that an effective and accountable government in Pakistan was essential for the country’s long-term recovery and stability.