The US Congress has approved a bill to grant that amount to help Pakistan develop and it’s now awaiting the Presidential signature in the Oval Office. But there is controversy in Pakistan itself about the strings attached.
The strings? Stuff about dismantling nuclear weapons and controls over the army – the Times Of India’s take on it has more detail (and if you really want to plough through the whole bill, the Pakistan Desk blog has posted it here).
Pakistan’s foreign minister says it’s a sign of America’s long-term commitment to the nation – but he still wants more than what is being offered. Bloggers are talking about it too: try here and here.
So, you are Pakistan – what do you do? Take the cash? Insist on a change in conditions? Or tell America to spend its dollars elsewhere?