US Secretary Kerry praises Pakistan government, military for cooperation in fighting terrorism

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WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (APP): US Secretary of State John Kerry praised cooperation by the Pakistan government and the army in fighting terrorism during a Senate hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request that includes $742 million in aid to Pakistan. “We are requesting $742 million in aid to Pakistan to support its  citizens as they seek security, build democracy and sustain economic growth and development even as the country continues to suffer from terrorist attacks,” the Secretary said in the opening statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The US State Department is seeking around $50 billion in the new federal  budget to sustain America’s international engagement.