Obama to sign Kerry-Lugar bill: White House

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Washington, Oct 9: The White House on Friday, Oct 9 said that US President Barack Obama will sign the Kerry-Lugar bill for $7.5 billion aid to Pakistan into law.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, "President will sign the legislation."

Gibbs said, "This is part of what many believe is important assistance for Pakistan. Pakistan is a key ally of the US. The bill covers a wide range of civilian aid including security assistance. Obviously the president would sign it."

Obama has 10 days to sign the bill into law. The bill triples civilian aid to Pakistan to $7.5 billion in the next five years.

The Kerry-Lugar Bill lays down a provision of a periodical assessment by secretary of state, who would certify that Pakistan was not allowing its territory to be used for launching attacks on neighbouring countries.

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