Islamabad, April 27, 2017 –High ranking Pakistani police and emergency response officials received state of the art bomb protection suits, bomb disposal kits, and emergency medical supplies in an event at Islamabad Police lines HQ today. The donations were provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) program, which provides training and equipment to law enforcement personnel throughout the world. The ATA has partnered with Pakistani law enforcement agencies at the provincial and federal level since 2003 to strengthen Pakistan’s counter-terrorism capabilities, and donated approximately $3.3 million USD in equipment to Pakistan since the inception of the program.
The event was presided over by IG Islamabad Police Khaled Khattak, with the US Embassy represented by Regional Security Officer Steve Jones. During the ceremony, Jones remarked, “The United States stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism. This equipment will protect the courageous Pakistani bomb disposal police that are on the front lines in protecting Pakistan from militant attacks.”
The equipment handed over at the ceremony includes three bomb protection suits and bomb disposal kits, which will be used by the provincial police forces of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab. Since 2003, ATA has donated more than 40 bomb protection suits to Pakistan. In addition, Rescue 1122 received medical equipment, including “jaws of life” and first responders’ medical kits for use in response to natural disasters and other emergencies.
Photos are available at the U.S. Embassy’s Flickr page.
April 27, 2017
Contact: U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (051-201-5427, 051-201-4423)