US donates high-tech communication equipment to NWFP police

Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 09:42

Washington: The United States has donated high-tech communication equipment to the North West Frontier Province Police in Pakistan, which would help the law enforcement agency to effectively launch its fight against terrorism in the troubled region.

The high-tech communication equipment, worth USD 130,000, were donated to the NWFP Police by the Assistant Secretary Johnson and US Embassy Islamabad Deputy Chief of Mission Gerald Feierstein at a function in Peshawar on April 06, after the attack on the US Consulate in Peshawar.

The donation includes 41 vehicle radio systems, 200 handheld wireless radios, and two radio repeaters to NWFP Additional Inspector General of Police Abdul Majeed.

"This latest instalment of equipment underscores the United States` ongoing commitment to support Pakistan`s police," the Assistant Secretary said.

“We are standing by Pakistan in the face of terrorist attacks," he said.

In a statement, the State Department said the US supports civilian law enforcement in Pakistan through equipment, training, and refurbishment of police facilities.

In 2009 alone, US civilian law enforcement assistance totalled USD 49,500,000.

Assistant Secretary David Johnson for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) returned yesterday from a 2-day visit to Pakistan, where he met with government officials from the Ministry of Interior, NWFP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas to discuss US-funded police training, infrastructure and border security programmes.

PTI




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