Tripling of non-military aid to Pak for the next one decade would be conditional on its success in fighting terrorism and extremist elements in the country, John Kerry, the US senator behind an upcoming legislation on the issue has said. Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry along with the committee's Ranking Member, Senator Richard Lugar, would be introducing in the coming weeks a legislation in this regard, popularly known as the Kerry-Lugar bill. The Kerry-Lugar bill approves $1.5 billion per annum non-military aid to Pakistan for the next one decade. "Senator Lugar and I will shortly be reintroducing the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act, which seeks to triple non-military aid to the people of Pakistan while holding its security forces more accountable for assistance provided in their fight against the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda," Mr. Kerry said during a Congressional hearing. The hearing was held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the confirmation of Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry as next US Ambassador to Afghanistan. Mr. Kerry said Afghanistan, along with its neighbour Pakistan, represents the central front in the global campaign against terrorism. "Our strategy must also reflect the inter-connectedness of the region's challenges and this requires redoubling our efforts to strengthen Pakistan's civilian government and support its activities against militants in the tribal belt," he said. In his response Lt Gen Karl Eikenberry, who was the commander of US forces in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007, said Pakistan is very crucial for success in the war against terrorism. "When we went into Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002, we did quickly defeat the Taliban, we did quickly dismantle the al Qaeda. But we pushed them inside of Pakistan, and over the years that presence in Pakistan, with the increase of their capabilities, has not only caused much more chaos and danger, but, accordingly, it has undermined our efforts in Afghanistan," he argued. Eikenberry said in the last last four or five years, the Taliban has been trying to expand its presence. "They have sanctuaries inside of Pakistan and from those sanctuaries they've continued to have built up strength and influence inside of areas of Afghanistan. Those areas are not only along the borders of eastern Afghanistan and southeastern Afghanistan, but they've extended into the interior parts of the country of Afghanistan," he said.