QUETTA: The US State Department has announced four new initiatives aimed at supporting the Balochistan police in their mission to safeguard local communities.
State Department spokesman Matthew Miller announced during a Tuesday press briefing that the US would contribute $4 million for various purposes. This includes $2 million to expand the anti-terrorist force training facility, $2 million to repair or replace 10 flood-damaged police stations, and an additional $2 million to construct 10 new police stations designed to enhance service accessibility for women, girls, and all Pakistanis.
Miller highlighted an additional allocation of $250,000 in equipment to enhance the safety of law enforcement officers in their duties.
The announcement followed a query about a group of US lawmakers urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to suspend military assistance to Pakistan due to concerns about human rights violations and the ongoing political crisis. Responding to this, Miller emphasized that these initiatives were part of the longstanding 40-year partnership between the US mission in Pakistan and Islamabad, focusing on civilian security and the rule of law.
He concluded by stating that the partnership aimed to strengthen justice institutions and provide law enforcement agencies with the necessary tools to ensure the protection of Pakistani citizens.