US wants Pakistan aid to reach civilians

2011-09-19 22:36

New York - The US ambassador to Pakistan says the Obama administration aims to increase the proportion of aid it provides for the country's civilian rather than military needs.

Ambassador Cameron Munter issued a blunt assessment on Monday of a "rough year" in US-Pakistan relations, roiled by the killing by US forces' clandestine raid in May that killed Osama bin Laden.

He said military training and intelligence sharing efforts had gone backward but maintained that the two countries still recognised the need to work together in counterterrorism.

Munter said last year about $2bn of US assistance had gone to the military and $1.5bn for civilian needs.

He said increasing the portion that goes for civilian projects would support Washington's political goal of backing Pakistan's civilian government.