ISLAMABAD - The US government on Wednesday handed over eleven armoured personnel vehicles worth over Rs280 million to the Islamabad Capital Territory police, the Frontier Constabulary, and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police.

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Ranz handed over the APVs in a ceremony held at Islamabad Police Lines.

The delivery underscores the US government’s commitment to working with Pakistan to improve security for the Pakistani people, a statement said.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, IG ICT police Dr Sultan Azam Temuri, FC Commandant Liaqat Ali Khan and KP Additional Inspector-General of Police Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan attended the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Ranz said, “Pakistani police make sacrifices every day to keep their communities safe. Both in the United States and Pakistan, we depend on the police to protect our people, and we will continue to stand together with the people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and in our commitment to security and rule of law in Pakistan.”

The vehicles are able to manoeuvre in remote and difficult terrains, helping civilian security forces prevent and respond to crime, terrorism, and militancy. The APVs are critical in improving police operational capacity and saving officers’ lives as they respond to threats from armed groups, including terrorists, militants, and narcotics traffickers. Police remains at target of these groups.

According to the National Police Bureau, almost 6,500 police died in the line of duty in Pakistan.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, which funded acquisition of the APVs, works in more than 90 countries to help combat crime and corruption; counter the narcotics trade; improve police institutions; and promote court systems that are fair and accountable.

Speaking on the occasion, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal stressed that police had an important role to deal with challenges faced by the country including terrorism, saying provision of modern equipment would improve its performance.

He thanked the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for providing the APCs to enhance capacity of the law enforcement agencies of the country and said that provision of latest equipment to these forces would also help in country’s fight against terrorism.

He said, “The role and duties of LEAs are pivotal for stability and socio-economic advancement of the country”. Reaffirming Pakistan’s readiness to work with United States as a partner for achieving peace and security in the region, he said, “Pakistan desires 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”.

In his remarks, the IGP Islamabad Sultan Azam Taimuri said that of the total APCs, Islamabad police would get two, hoping that these would enhance police capabilities.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajid Kiani directed all police officials to launch crackdown against drug pushers, wine sellers and those involved in immoral activities so that society could be made peaceful after getting rid of such evils. He was reviewing the performance of various police circles.

Kiani said that IGP Sultan Azam Temuri had directed for effective patrolling plan in the city. Following the IGP’s directions, he said, steps should be taken to ensure effective policing and action must be taken against anti-social elements through their coordination.

The SSP said that no influence should be tolerated in the crackdown against criminals as action would speak louder. He said that investigation of cases must be made on merit and no delay in this process would be tolerated.

The SSP said that Islamabad Police was determined to ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens and no stone would be left unturned to accomplish this responsibility.

Furthermore, a person was killed in firing over land dispute in the area of Nelore police station. Zafar allegedly shot dead Naeem as two groups clashed with each other, according to the police.