US passes bill to triple non-military aid to Pak

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Washington, Oct 1: The US Congress has passed a triple non-military aid bill to Pakistan to $7.5 billion in the next five years, but with stringent conditions, a top official said.

It demanded stern action against extremist groups on its soil and prevention of attacks into neighbouring countries.

"We need to forge a true strategic partnership with Pakistan and its people, strengthen its democratic government, and work to make Pakistan a source of stability in a volatile region," said Congressman Howard L Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Terrorists currently sheltered in Pakistan's lawless hinterlands are plotting to attack the US. This legislation helps give Pakistan the tools to defeat Al Qaeda, he said.

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