Until 11 September 2001, Pakistan was kept at arm’s length by most western nations for its backing of Afghanistan’s Taliban and the Islamic fighters challenging Indian control over the Himalayan state of Kashmir.
The Pakistani government has said that it needs $7bn to avoid bankruptcy.
The United States, which considers Pakistan an ally in its “war on terror”, is also pledging more economic support.
Pakistan is also seeking assistance from Saudi Arabia.
Source: News Agencies