ISLAMABAD - Finding hardly any alternate to US assistance in the existing geo-political scenario, independent economists did not rule out potential of Pakistans economy to survive in the worst case of the Parliament saying 'no to the American aid. The fruits of the US assistance under the Kerry-Lugar Bill (KLB) are totally dependent on the political equation not only within the county but also that of Pakistan and US relations, observed Dr Salman Shah, former finance minister. He was of the view that unless the irritating clauses were removed, the US assistance under the KLB would not benefit Pakistans economy at all. Acceptance of the KLB without addressing the concerns of the people as well as the institutions of Pakistan would have negative repercussions for the economy, he observed. Given the international and the regional state of affairs, neither Pakistan nor America affords to part ways at the current juncture of time. He was of the considered view that the encouraging remittances, cutting expenditures and increasing exports were no alternate to the US assistance. American annoyance would dampen both investment and debt inflows including that from the International Monetary Fund. His piece of advice for the government was to win a better bargain in terms of aid and conditionality. Meanwhile, what could be termed as radical school of economists believes that to say, once and for all, 'no to the American aid was not as much difficult as it used to be in the past. The governments firm stand in defence of national issues in the KLB would definitely better Pakistans bargaining position. Etrit Rizvi, a former commissioner of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, finds the incumbent government with no guts to stand up to popular anticipations. Differing from the moderate vantage point, Rizvi was of the view that there were a number of alternates to the US assistance being pledged with insulting conditionality. Cost cutting, plugging leakages out of the implementation machinery, and promoting exports and investments could help Pakistans economy sustain even without the US support. Earlier, foreseeing the future of the issue, economists with moderate viewpoints believe that Americans would either revise or strike down the clauses of the bill that have annoyed the people of Pakistan, besides the military. They were unable to do the economic analysis of the bill and the funds to flow in through the legislation while de-linking it from the internal as well as the international politics.