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US reject Pak complaint on Swat aid

Washington, Jun.3 (ANI): The United States has rejected Pakistan’s claim that Washington has failed to keep its promises regarding providing financial aid for the Swat region.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rejected Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s claims that Washington has failed to deliver on its promises to help Pakistan deal with issues arising out of the Swat military operation and the exodus of thousands.

“I certainly understand the anxiety of anyone in Pakistan; they have taken on this really important challenge of trying to take on the Taliban, but we’ve been providing aid,” The Dawn quoted Clinton, as saying.

“We have already disbursed 110 million dollars for the displaced people. We’ve got that out very quickly. So, I think it may be moving more quickly than perhaps the president knows,” Clinton added.

Earlier, in an interview to The New York Review of Books, Zardari had alleged that Pakistan did not have enough funds to rehabilitate the thousands of people displaced in Swat.

“We have no money to arm the police or fund development, give jobs or revive the economy. What are we supposed to do?” Zardari said.

Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrook, left for Pakistan to assess the situation arising out of the massive displacement of over three million people due to the military offensive, and to accelerate international relief efforts in the region. (ANI)

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