WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has recommended over $ 800 million -- $534 in civilian and $307 million in security assistance -- for Pakistan in its fiscal year 2016 budget proposal sent to Congress, signalling US commitment to fostering stability and prosperity in the country.

The amount is part of the administration's $4 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2016 outlined on Monday.

“For Pakistan, the Budget demonstrates our commitment to fostering stability and prosperity, and provides security assistance that promotes counterterrorism and counterinsurgency capabilities,” a budget document said. The Budget continues to support public engagement and partnership programs in Pakistan and maintains staffing in order to support these critical US priorities, it said.

President Barack Obama’s FY 2016 Budget provides $50.3 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development, including $7.0billion in Overseas Contingency Operations.

“Pakistan will continue to be a key partner with the United States on counterterrorism and nuclear non-proliferation goals, and in achieving lasting stability and economic development in the region. Funds will demonstrate the US commitment to sustained, long-term engagement with Pakistan, throughout the transition in Afghanistan.”

The funds will help increase the capacity of the Government of Pakistan (GOP) to respond to the economic, social, and security needs of its people, the Budget proposal said.

Resources will further deepen the relationship between the United States and Pakistan and continue support for GOP reform efforts that are critical to stabilisation, economic progress, and stability, it added.

FY 2016 funds will build on the progress made in prior years through maintenance of the five-sector strategy that increases the generation and efficient use of energy, including through reform efforts; increasing stability in volatile areas threatened by extremism, fostering economic growth and agricultural production; raising the access to, delivery of, and quality of education; and improving the GOP’s ability to provide health care to its population.

Regarding security assistance for Pakistan, the document says given the ongoing transition in Afghanistan and continued terrorist attacks against civilian and military targets throughout Pakistan, the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) is essential to Pakistan’s efforts to increase stability in its western border region and ensure overall stability within its own borders.

“The $265 million Pakistan request in FY 2016 will enhance the Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, Air Force, and Navy’s ability to conduct counterinsurgency (COIN) and counterterrorism (CT) operations against militants throughout its borders, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, improve Pakistan’s ability to deter threats emanating from those areas, and encourage continued US-Pakistan military-to-military engagement.

“FMF will continue to focus on seven priority areas identified and agreed to with the Government of Pakistan, including precision strike; air mobility and combat search and rescue; counter-improvised explosive device and battlefield survivability; battlefield communications; night operations; border security; and maritime security/counternarcotics in support of CT aims.”