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Legislation to increase aid to Pak to come up in US Senate

Senator Joseph Biden and Republican Richard Lugar will introduce a landmark legislation that aims to triple non-military assistance to Pakistan over the next five years.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2008 10:34 IST

Two top law makers in the US Senate will introduce a landmark legislation on Tuesday that aims to triple non-military assistance to Pakistan over the next five years.

The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Joseph Biden and Ranking Republican Richard Lugar will unveil the legislation designed to enhance bilateral relations with Pakistan.

The bill triples non-military aid to Pakistan and sustains it over five years.

Specifically, it authorises $7.5 billion over five years in aid that can be used for development purposes, such as building schools, roads and clinics.

The legislation calls for greater accountability on security assistance to improve Pakistan's counter-terrorism capabilities and ensure more effective efforts against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.