New U.S. aid package for Pakistan

The US government has announced a major new aid package for Pakistan, with hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent on projects in Pakistan's energy and water sectors.

"We know that there is a perception held by too many Pakistanis that America's commitment to them begins and ends with security," Clinton said. "But security is just one piece of this vital partnership."

A large chunk of the new US aid will be spent on new power supplies, including the Gomal Zam dam in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, and several hydroelectric projects in Balochistan province. Clinton said the US would also fund several solar and wind energy projects.

Electricity is one of Pakistan's top priorities. Pakistan's electric grid is chronically overtaxed, with hours-long blackouts common across the country.

US aid will also be used to renovate three hospitals, in Karachi, Lahore and Jacobabad, to launch several agricultural programs, and to expand access to clean water in Pakistan.

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