Pakistan reaffirms readiness to work with US for regional peace, security

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday reaffirmed Pakistan’s readiness to work with the United States as a partner for achieving peace and security in the region.

“Pakistan desires a broader and comprehensive partnership with the United States, beyond security and particularly in the education sector. We have to work together and show greater understanding,” he said while addressing a handing over ceremony of 11 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) to Pakistan at the National Police Academy in Islamabad.

These APCs provided by the United States Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section would be distributed amongst Islamabad Police, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police to improve their professional capabilities.

In his address, the minister stressed that police have an important role to deal with challenges faced by Country including terrorism, saying that provision of modern equipment would improve its performance.

Ahsan Iqbal thanked INL for providing the APCs to enhance capacity of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) of the Country and said inclusion of latest equipment in these forces would also help in Country’s fight against terrorism.

“The role and duties of Law Enforcement Agencies are of pivotal importance for stability and socio-economic advancement of our Country,” the minister said.

The ceremony was attended by the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Dr Sultan Azam Temuri, Additional IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Naeem Khan and Commandant FC Liaquat Ali Khan.