According to Donald Blome, the US ambassador to Pakistan, the US promises to provide KP police with cutting-edge equipment.
The promise was made during a meeting on Thursday between the ambassador and IGP Akhtar Hayat. Blome expressed his appreciation for the measures taken by the police to combat militancy and gave the department his complete support.
In a meeting with Mr Hayat at the central police office, a delegation from the US mission and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), headed by the US ambassador, addressed several initiatives INL had started to boost the manpower and capability of the KP police.
The IGP briefed the group on the training course, scientific research made available to police, as well as the restructuring and modernization of the counterterrorism division in order to be more effective to battle terrorism. In the majority of police stations, he claimed, separate desks had been set up to handle just matters relating to women.
At a nearby hotel in Peshawar on Thursday, the US ambassador also launched the US-Aid project “USAID Economic Recovery and Development Activities”.
Speaking on the occasion, he stated that the US government and US-Aid projects in Pakistan have improved the lives of the underprivileged and that assistance will continue until Pakistan is on the road to financial progress.
The ambassador explained that the five-year ERDA project, which is supported by the US government, intends to increase K-P’s economic potential.
The US envoy said that the scheme would help thousands of flood-affected households and 2,000 businessmen. According to him, “This activity is going to help the agriculture sector to develop new products and markets as well as boost small and medium enterprises.”
According to earlier statements made by Mr Blome, the US government assisted in repairing irrigation systems in KP’s badly affected areas after the 2010 floods, allowing farmers to sow wheat and avert a food shortage. He continued by saying that, as of 2014, the US government had assisted over a million displaced people in re-establishing their agrarian livelihoods in the newly combined districts.