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Jockeying has begun for $7.5b in US funding to Pakistan

Tension between allies complicates awarding of aid

Under the Obama administration’s plan for distributing aid to Pakistan, funds for education will target areas vulnerable to the influence of extremist organizations that undermine the legitimacy of the Pakistani government. Under the Obama administration’s plan for distributing aid to Pakistan, funds for education will target areas vulnerable to the influence of extremist organizations that undermine the legitimacy of the Pakistani government. (Muhammed Muheisen/ Associated Press)
By Farah Stockman
Globe Staff / January 3, 2010

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has sketched out wide-ranging plans to spend $7.5 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next five years, an ambitious effort billed as crucial Marshall Plan-style support for Pakistan at a time when its fragile government is fighting the Taliban and other extremists. (Full article: 941 words)

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