The US Senate on Thursday voted to triple foreign aid to Pakistan, with lawmakers saying the legislation can change the crisis-driven nature of US-Pakistan relations. The Senate voted by voice to pass the measure that approves $1.5 billion a year over the next five years for democratic, economic and social development assistance. The measure could be passed in the House as early as Friday, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature. Co-chairing the Friends of Democratic Pakistan summit with President Asif Ali Zardari and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to economic cooperation with Pakistan.

Daily Times