The United States is committed to supporting the people of Pakistan and the democratically elected government as they fight to restore security in Pakistan.
The Taliban insurgency is threatening the future of the country and has created a major humanitarian crisis, said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
American people are moved by the plight of Pakistan’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and committed to helping them until they can return to their homes in safety and security. Approximately 2 million people have fled their homes, and Pakistan’s government, the military, and relief organizations are working to meet the need of these displaced individuals.
In order to support Pakistan in its efforts, Secretary of State Clinton announced that the United States will contribute more than $100 million in humanitarian aid. This assistance comes on top of nearly $60 million dollars that the U.S. has provided since last August to help Pakistanis who have been affected by conflict.
"We believe it is essential to global security and the security of the United States," said Secretary Clinton, "and we are prepared to do more as the situation demands."
U.S. Disaster Assistance Response Teams and U.S. embassy personnel are on the ground working with Pakistani and UN authorities who are assessing needs for shelter, food, health, transportation, water, and sanitation services. And supplies from the U.S. are already flowing to Pakistan.
The U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance has delivered 30,000 family relief kits, 5,000 tents, FM radios, and generators to provide both light and water. The U.S. military is providing water trucks, halal meals-ready-to-eat, and large environmentally-controlled tents.
In an effort to maximize the benefit of U.S. assistance, a significant portion of U.S. pledged food aid will go to buy Pakistani grain in local markets, taking advantage of the country’s bumper crop of wheat. The U.S. also hopes to create quick-impact job programs that will put Pakistanis to work making supplies to help their countrymen who have been forced to flee the fighting.
"As long as the crisis persists," said Secretary Clinton, "our assistance will continue. We face a common threat, a common challenge, and now a common task. And we know," said Secretary Clinton, "that the work ahead is difficult, but we have seen an enormous amount of support and determination out of the Pakistani government, military, and people in the last weeks to tackle the extremist challenge."
The people and government of Pakistan also understand the threat to their democracy extremists pose and the government is responding.