WASHINGTON - The passage of the 7.5 billion economic aid package for Pakistan by the U.S. House of Representatives represents an investment in diplomacy, top lawmakers said Thursday, hoping that the five-year commitment will bring development to the frontline nation and reducing the allure of extremism. The House on Wednesday passed legislation by Senators John Kerry, a democfrat, and Richard Lugar, a Republican, to triple the amount of financial assistance to Pakistan. Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, described the passage as a reflection of the "true strategic partnership" between Pakistan and the United States. But a pro-India Democratic congressman called the softening of terms set in the bill as a recipe for disappointment and disillusionment. "Our success will depend chiefly on reforms taken in Pakistan by Pakistanis. And I see little in this bill to provide any assurance that such changes are on the way. I fear we are again choosing to be Pakistans patron rather than its partner," Congressman Gary Ackerman said. "In the end, Pakistan will absorb what we offer and remain the same Pakistan. And, worst of all, they will again claim that we have failed them," Ackerman said. Noting that Pakistans interests and Americas own are not very closely aligned, Ackerman said: "We see India as a major ally. They see India as unalterably rapacious and inherently dangerous. We see the AfghaThe bill triples the amount of aid to Pakistan to $1.5 billion from 2010 to 2014 with a focus on economic and educational development. The measure also authorizes U.S. military assistance to help Pakistan in its fight against al-Qaeda and other insurgents, focusing specifically on counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism measures. Lugar in his opening statement for a hearing on Afghanistan's impact on Pakistan on Thursday described the measure as "an important step" in addressing the "real and profound" threats to U.S. national security. "The bill represents a long-overdue investment in diplomacy and development in this region," he added. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, A Democrat, said the legislation was "absolutely critical" to strengthen Pakistan's security forces. The measure comes as U.S. lawmakers and military strategists weigh dour assessments on the conflict in Afghanistan amid declining public support and mounting casualties. Meanwhile, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani on Thursday called a press conference to say that ideally the U.S. assistance for his country should have no strings attached to it but observed that Islamabad can live with the certifications as they will not affect the flow of economic aid. He also noted that the multi-year commitment demonstrates increasing realization in Washington on forging a long-term relationship and building mutual trust. "These condition do not subvert Pakistan's national interests as Pakistan is already committeed to these policies," he told newsmen while reaffirming Islamabad's commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, fighting against terrorism and stopping anybody from misusing its soil for terrorist activities against other countries. The Pakistani diplomatic efforts in Washington, he said, are aimed at defending Pakistan's interests and ensuring continued flow of economic and military assistance into Pakistan. The envoy said the Pakistani organizations will be preferred over foreign organizations for use of the aid under the legislation. Contrastingly with general impression, he pointed, the Bill has authorized only $40 million for administrative, monitoring and auditing purposes every year. Asked about some doubts harboured by some people in both countries, Haqqani said: "There are doubts on both sides and there is a desire to overcome the doubts and differences that have plagued the relationship and as Pakistani ambassador in Washington, I am striving to achieve the same." Haqqan said he is alive to the concerns of fellow Pakistanis but pointed out that the certification requirements are not related to military assistance like Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund, foreign military financing, and military training programmes Besides, he said, the Kerry-Lugar measure triggers no automatic sanctions. "In fact, this is the first time since 1980 that a U.S. aid packaage has been authorized for Pakistan with no automatic sanctions trigger." Ambassador Haqqani told the media that the language of the Bill is far less stringent than the original version. Specific references to India as well as AQ Khan have been eliminated. "There is a waiver for almost every condition. Besides, the Bill requires a waiver from the Secretary of State and not from the President as was proposed is the House version."