U.S. ponders aid for displaced Pakistanis
The Obama administration is considering additional aid to Pakistan to help hundreds of thousands of its citizens displaced by heavy fighting in the Swat Valley, the top U.S. envoy for the region said Tuesday.
Richard C. Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the administration has not decided on the amount and type of assistance.
Still, he promised the committee chairman, Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, to share his recommendations for a budget supplemental.
"We are looking at how to act on that," Mr. Holbrooke said when Mr. Kerry called on the administration to help Pakistanis in need of humanitarian assistance.
Mr. Kerry suggested aid during a time of crisis could improve attitudes toward the United States.
"I don't know if it'll be a supplemental or something, but I think the administration ought to come up here and seize this opportunity," Mr. Kerry said.