ISLAMABAD (APP) American Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson acknowledged that Pakistan has paid a high price not only in money but more importantly in civilian lives, brave soldiers and law enforcement personnel in the war on terror. In an interview with Radio Pakistan, she said Washington is a generous donor and will provide three and half billion dollars to Pakistan besides a new programme of military assistance and coalition support fund. To a question, she said that the US is providing aid to Pakistan in various social sectors and denied most of aid is consumed by American consultants. She said recently concluded strategic dialogue is a good example of new approach of the Obama administration towards Pakistan. She said both the countries had successful meeting in Washington a couple of months ago and series of more meetings of working groups and experts in Islamabad to get things done across the range of issues not just defence, law enforcement and counter terrorism but particularly on issues like education, health and women empowerment. The Ambassador said the Kerry-Lugar assistance is well known and we expect similar level of funding for next five or ten years. She said it is important to work with the Pakistan govt to design projects that it wants with particular focus on infrastructure, water and energy. She said the money for these projects would be provided directly to Pakistani institutions. Ms Anne Peterson said the United States provided eighty five million dollars for Benazir Income Support Programme and forty five million dollars for Higher Education Commission besides over three hundred million dollars for the IDPs, which was funded through the UN and the World Food programme. She said the United States was the largest donor of the IDPs crisis. Replying to a question about the hurdles and mechanism being evolved to rectify the spending of the US Aid, the Ambassador said Washington is trying to help the provincial government in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA Secretariat and do more projects directly. She said we are financing a road project in South Waziristan at a cost of forty five million dollars. The project will be implemented by the FWO in collaboration with the FATA Secretariat. She said similar projects would also be initiated in Malakand Division. About cut by the US Congress on Foreign aid, Ambassador Peterson dispelled the impression and said in fact Pakistan bill is pending which will increase US assistance for it in several hundred million dollars. To another question about enhancing trade instead of aid to Pakistan, she regretted that legislation about setting up Reconstruction Opportunity Zones in FATA have not moved quickly through the US congress. The Ambassador said an agreement will be signed with Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation to provide Radio transmitters for FATA and Peshawar areas to reach out larger population. She said PBC will also be assisted to enhance its capacity besides providing professional training.