US to provide $110 mn aid to Pak for border security
Posted on: 05:17 AM IST Apr 17, 2012
Islamabad: The US would provide an additional aid of $ 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, andcounter-terrorism efforts, as well as to promote police and prosecutor collaboration.