U.S. provides security equipment to Pakistan Frontier Police

Other News Materials 14 January 2009 17:37 (UTC +04:00)

Pakistan on Wednesday received the first batch of 4.1-million-dollar worth of security equipment from the United States for its Frontier Police in the restive northwestern Pakistan, state media reported.

Lynne Tracy, Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate, handed over the equipment to Chief Minister of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Ameer Haider Hoti in the NWFP capital of Peshawar, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) said.

The equipment includes troop carriers, motorcycles, ballistic helmets and bullet proof vests. More equipment including water tankers, an ambulance, tow truck, and a mobile workshop will be delivered to the Frontier Police within four months.

"The handover of the equipment is part of the United States Government's ongoing Border Security Project with the Government of Pakistan," the APP said.

The equipment will be used to help fight against narcotics and counter terrorism, it added.

The United States is increasing its funding and training to Pakistan's Frontier forces, including a paramilitary force Frontier Corps, for combating terrorism in the tribal regions on the Afghan border, which are considered as a safe haven for al- Qaeda and Taliban militants, reported Xinhua.