Us Spending Millions On Aid For Pakistan

05.20.09 | FL News Team

The U.S. is giving Pakistan more than 100-million dollars in humanitarian aid. Speaking at the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the money is for people who have fled intense fighting between Pakistani government forces and Taliban militants.

The allocation includes money for disaster assistance, refugee aid and food. Up to two-million people are thought to have been displaced by the ongoing violence in Swat Valley.

Secretary Clinton warned that the refugee crisis could turn into a major humanitarian disaster. She also said the U.S. remains committed to Pakistan's people and the democratically-elected government there.

Meantime, U.S. officials remain deeply worried about the possibility that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal could fall into the hands of the Taliban or al-Qaeda allies. Secretary Clinton noted that al-Qaeda was "driven out of Afghanistan" but has found "refuge in the mountains of Pakistan."