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US approves compromise bill on Pak aid

The US Senate on Thursday approved compromise legislation to triple non-military aid to Pakistan to about $1.5 billion a year for each of the next five years, as part of a plan to fight extremism with economic development.

world Updated: Sep 25, 2009 00:31 IST

The US Senate on Thursday approved compromise legislation to triple non-military aid to Pakistan to about $1.5 billion a year for each of the next five years, as part of a plan to fight extremism with economic development.

The bill, approved on a voice vote, had been agreed between the Senate and House sponsors of legislation passed separately in each chamber earlier this year. It also had the "full support" of key members of the Obama administration, Senate aides said.