WASHINGTON - A newspaper devoted to the coverage of activities on Capitol Hill has called for fast-track economic assistance for Pakistan as Ambassador Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador, reaffirmed the democratic government's commitment to simultaneously fight extremism and restructure the economy. "Congress could play its part by passing legislation sponsored by Senators  Joseph Biden, a Democrat, and Dick Lugar, a Republican, to provide $1.5 billion a year in economic aid. "The next president certainly will put more forces into Afghanistan. But as long as Congress is spending zillions on bailouts and stimuli, it ought to be able to come up with a billion for strategic Pakistan," Roll Call said in its latest edition. The Biden-Lugar legislation has been endorsed by both presidential candidates and has won approval of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but it remains to be voted by the full Senate and the House, where it is still to be introduced. The newspaper said Pakistan is seeking $10 billion to $12 billion in guarantees from the international financial institution, the United States, China and Gulf Arabs to tide over its financial difficulties. Noting the US administration's endeavors to help Pakistan, the Roll Call said, "the United States is helping with an IMF plan " likely to be $5 billion to $10 billion, a State Department official said " and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has tried to form a "Friends of Pakistan" consortium, but so far has gotten only "promises, not pledges or numbers." What Pakistan is trying to do, Ambassador Haqqani said, is "fight a war and restructure an economy simultaneously. It's not easily done." The newspaper applauded the positive signs in the anti-terrorism campaign launched by Pakistan military under the civilian government. The analytical report noted the State Department and Pentagon officials acknowledge the Pakistani campaign under President Asif Ali Zardari. "We have a tribal awakening programme whereby the tribes are being mobilized to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban," Haqqani told executive editor of the publication. He particularly cited the Pakistani forces' actions in the tribal area of Bajaur, which borders Kunar province in Afghanistan, a stronghold of al-Qaeda-linked militants. "And, we have used our air force for the first time, thereby diminishing the need for America to come into the Pakistani side and bomb," the ambassador stated.