There is strong anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and the hope is this new assistance will help ease that tension.
About $50 million is set aside for a “comprehensive communications strategy” to counter extremist views and strengthen Pakistani institutions and moderate voices, the report to Congress said.
“This effort will reduce the ability of Al Qaeda and other extremists to influence public perceptions and attitudes and support Pakistan’s people and government as they establish a more secure, prosperous and lasting state,” the report said. This would include a so-called rapid response team to monitor Pakistani and regional media and “swiftly correct inaccurate reporting,” of which the US complains it is often a target.
Wish with all this talk by US of ‘transparency’ of how the US aid is spent, hope they will be open enough to let us know which media groups take a bite of the pie 😉