Saudi Arabia and the United States topped the list of donors at the international donor conference held in Islamabad to raise funds for the reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Pakistan. The Kingdom pledged US $573 million, while the United States pledged US $510 million. Both countries also mobilized the private sector to raise funds and aid the tens of thousands affected by the October 8 quake.
Saudi Arabia announced US $153 million in grants and another $187 in concessional loans. A nationwide fundraising campaign underway in the Kingdom has also raised more than US $120 million to date.
Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said his country is extremely grateful to the international community for its generous assistance, especially Saudi Arabia and the United States.