US to provide USD 110 mn aid to Pakistan
Islamabad: The US would provide an additional aid of USD 110 million to Pakistan for border security, law enforcement, judicial reforms and counter narcotics projects.
US Ambassador Cameron Munter and Pakistan`s Finance Secretary Waqar Masood signed a "letter of agreement" for the additional aid for 2012.
Under the programme, the US will provide support for the 50th Air Wing Squadron and its operating locations to expand law enforcement aviation operations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas to improve monitoring of borders to intercept militants, drug traffickers and other criminals.
The US will provide training for 7,500 police personnel in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces as well as policewomen from across the country.
This assistance will be part of the US support for law enforcement reforms and capacity building.
The US will also provide uniforms, protective equipment, vehicles and communications equipment for 9,000 police personnel, said a statement from the US Embassy.
The US will conduct programmes supporting counter-narcotics efforts, including poppy reduction and development of alternative crops.
Nationwide support will be provided for private and government drug treatment centres and anti-drug campaigns.
To strengthen rule of law, the US will support trial advocacy training for Pakistani prosecutors to strengthen judicial reforms, prosecutorial services, and counter-terrorism efforts, as well as to promote police and prosecutor collaboration.
As part of its backing for corrections administration and training, the US will support training of corrections managers, senior wardens, and mobile training teams in Pakistan in order to improve prison administration.
These measures will also help vulnerable groups in prisons, including women, juveniles, the infirm and the mentally ill.
"US assistance has helped improve the skills of hundreds of Pakistani prosecutors and police, provided protective equipment to thousands of police officers on the front lines of fighting extremists, and constructed hundreds of kilometres of roads in previously isolated parts of the border provinces," Ambassador Munter said.
The US has provided assistance to Pakistan as part of the Department of State`s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement programme for more than 30 years.
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