PM urges US to speed up funds’ release pledged under Kerry-Lugar package

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday urged the United States to speed up the release of funds of high visibility projects particularly in energy sector from the appropriated amount pledged by the US Congress under Kerry-Lugar Assistance package. The Prime Minister was talking to Frank J. Ruggiero, US Acting Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan who called on him here at his Parliament House Chamber on Thursday evening.Cameron Munter, US Ambassador to Pakistan was also present in the meeting.
He regretted the fact that important donor countries have not fully fulfilled their pledges made bilaterally or at the Tokyo Donors Conference to help Pakistan overcome the severe negative impact on its economy in the wake of the world economic recession, war on terror, devastating unprecedented floods and the raising oil and gas prices.
While reiterating his government’s resolve to persist in its war on terror, the Prime Minister underlined that the assistance being offered by the Pakistani friends and allies as well as by the International Financial Institutions should have taken into account the objective conditions and Pakistan’s sacrifices to ensure that ordinary people of Pakistan do not face further hardships.
He hoped that the USAID will fast-track its assistance for Pakistan’s development projects and release the funds meant for the projects agreed in the working groups in the last session of strategic dialogue.