As it prepares to nearly triple its aid package to Pakistan, the US government is also debating how much of the assistance should go directly to the government in Islamabad, The New York Times has reported. The economic crisis is intensifying social unrest in Pakistan, and there is eagerness in the US to benefit from the willingness of the government to sustain its fight against terrorism in the NWFP. US officials say the main goals of the new assistance would be to build roads and power plants, and to improve the standing of the US with the Pakistani people. In return, the US government expects Pakistan to keep up the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. There are worries that the effort will turn out to be a short-term spurt. US officials say the need to shore up the Pakistani economy directly is alarmingly clear. daily times monitor