Islamabad, July 1 /DNA/ — United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Affairs Todd D. Robinson and Director of the INL Section of the States Embassy United in Pakistan, Mark Tervakoski, joined Khyber Pakhtunkhwa South Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Muhammad Munir Afsar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa North Deputy Inspector General Major Brigadier Sajid Majeed, and other senior Frontier Corps leaders as they were inaugurating new training structures and signing an agreement for two joint projects worth approximately $10.5 million (2.1 billion PKR) on July 1, 2022.
The ceremonies were held at the Pakistan Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi and celebrated the completion of 45 new structures at FC KP North’s Warsak Training Centre, including accommodation barracks for 500 men and 128 women , classrooms and facilities for physical training. The $5.9 million US government-funded project was completed in 2020, but groundbreaking was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The officials also signed an agreement for the construction of women’s facilities at eight existing FC KP South regional headquarters. The $4.6 million US government-funded project will provide barracks, mess halls, kitchens and other facilities that will support the stationing of up to 128 female Frontier Corps members at each location.
“It is clear that these investments will have a lasting positive impact,” Robinson said in his remarks. “Strengthening the presence of law enforcement and government authority in remote and under-governed areas leads to increased public safety and prosperity for the people of these areas.
Regarding facilities for women, Ms. Robinson said, “The United States is pleased to partner with Pakistan to improve opportunities for women to access justice and participate in the administration of justice. He further noted that, “As more and more women join the ranks of Pakistan’s various public security forces, they will inevitably deepen their agencies’ understanding of women’s security issues and improve the quality of services offered. to all Pakistanis”.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of INL’s partnership with Pakistan under the banner of “Justice, Security, and Prosperity,” with more than $1 billion invested over four decades by the U.S. government to improve public safety. and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution and justice capacity across Pakistan.
The INL Office works in over 60 countries to help fight crime and corruption; to counter drug trafficking; improve police institutions; and promote fair and accountable justice systems. To learn more about INL, visit: http://www.state.gov/j/inl/.