WASHINGTON - Amid waning public support for the Afghan war, the Obama Administration has finally developed a set of about 50 measurements, which would gauge progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Currently under 'test run by the White House, the metrics to assess war success would be presented before the Congress on September 24, 'The Washington Post reported Sunday. Administration officials are conducting what one called a 'test run of the metrics, comparing current numbers in a range of categories - including newly trained Afghan army recruits, Pakistani counter-insurgency missions and on-time delivery of promised US resources - with baselines set earlier in the year, the newspaper said. These set of metrics have been developed in response to the deadline set by lawmakers in spring this year, when the Obama Administration had approached Capitol Hill seeking additional aid for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since then, scepticism about the war in Afghanistan has intensified along with the rising US and NATO casualty rates, now at the highest level of the eight-year-old conflict. An upcoming assessment by General Stanley McChrystal, the new military commander in Afghanistan, is expected to lay the groundwork for requests for additional US troop deployments in 2010. The administrations concern about waning public support and the wars direction has been compounded by strains in the US relationship with the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Post said. Facing their own public opinion problems, both appear increasingly resentful of US demands for improved performance in the face of what they see as insufficient American support. Some of the about 50 indicators will apply to US performance, but most will measure Afghan and Pakistani efforts. The White House briefed staff members of key congressional committees this month on an initial draft of the plan and invited comments, the dispatch said. The 'test run will indicate whether final 'tweaks are needed, the administration official said. Ideally, its a combination of objective and subjective measurements, the official told the Post. Obviously, not everything is 100 percent quantifiable, and we dont want to just get sold on the number. If you train 100 troops, that doesnt necessarily tell you how effective they are. He added: We dont want to hold ourselves to indicators that arent going to show us anything. We want to make sure this is not just a paper exercise. The Obama Administration is trying to calm rising public and congressional anxiety about the Afghan war, where situation has been sliding this year with the Taliban insurgents expanding their attacks. The administration hopes to pre-empt Congress with its metrics as some lawmakers are suggesting their own set of metrics before approval of additional funding. The Post said Islamabad has complained about the pace of deliveries of US military equipment and voiced rising resentment over congressional attempts to impose restrictions on its supply and use. We are fighting this war today, a senior Pakistani military official said in describing US assistance as slow and stingy. What good is it two years from now? That official and others said there have been long delays in the delivery of helicopters, night-vision equipment and other supplies requested for the armys ongoing offensive against Pakistan-based insurgents. In recent interviews, civil and military officials in Pakistan drew a sharp contrast between the billions of dollars in assistance that George W Bushs administration gave, with few strings attached, to the then-President Pervez Musharraf a general who came to power in a military coup and what they see as efforts to conditional assistance to the democratically elected government of President Asif Ali Zardari. Our soldiers wear less armour, their vehicles are less armoured, and they have suffered more casualties in the fight against the Taliban than the US and NATO combined, the official said. Pakistani combat deaths since 2003 surpassed 2,000 this month as the military engaged Taliban forces in the Swat Valley. The administration has asked for $2.5 billion in direct security assistance funds for Pakistan in 2010 - 25 percent more than what has been approved for this year. The only area where there is a tangible improvement is in training, the Pakistani military official said. Training aid has increased from $2 million to $4 million over the past year, he said, along with a doubling to 200 of the number of Pakistani army officers brought to the United States for courses. The newspaper reported that several Pakistani officials cited as particularly galling Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintons recent visit to neighbouring India - where she reached agreement on a defence pact that will provide major quantities of sophisticated US arms to Pakistans traditional South Asian adversary. Ms Clinton has scheduled a visit to Pakistan in October. US defence officials, anxious to repair what they have repeatedly acknowledged is a trust deficit with Pakistan, bite their tongues in response to the criticism. But they insist that Pakistan is getting everything it has asked for, at unprecedented speed. Gen David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, personally gets a daily update daily, mind you, on supplies shipped to Pakistan, a US defence official told the newspaper. That should give you some sense of how riveted we are on this.