Islamabad: The United States on Friday
announced that it will provide two helicopters to boost the
Pakistani military`s counter-insurgency efforts.
The US will purchase the two Bell 412 enhanced
performance utility transport helicopters, valued at 24
million dollars, to support Pakistan`s counter-insurgency
The US will also provide spare parts, special tools
and other equipment worth 20 million dollar to support the
aircraft, said a statement from the American embassy.
In a separate development, US Consul General Carmela
Conroy presented four special vehicles equipped to investigate
crime scenes to the police force in Punjab province.
The vehicles, valued at USD 195,000, were handed
over during a ceremony at the Police Training School in Lahore
that marked the completion of a week-long US-sponsored course
on crime scene evidence-gathering for 30 police personnel.
Each vehicle is equipped with laptop computers,
still and video cameras, microscopes, portable fingerprint
workstations, portable ladders and generators to improve
In the past three years, US civil and security
assistance to Pakistan has totalled over four billion dollars.
The aid has included fourteen F-16 fighter aircraft,
ten Mi-17 helicopters, more than 450 vehicles for Pakistan?s
Frontier Corps, hundreds of night vision goggles and thousands
of protective vests.
The US has also provided training for over 370
Pakistani military officers in a wide range of leadership and
development programmes covering topics like counter-terrorism