ISLAMABAD – The Finance Ministry has regretted to provide funds amounting to Rs 4 billion to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) to purchase arms and high-tech equipment.

Well-placed sources told Online Sunday that the FC commandant, through its report sent to the Interior Ministry, had demanded immediate provision of funds to purchase arms and high-tech equipment to combat terrorism. The FC had told the Interior Ministry that the FC was playing a vital role in providing security to high-profile functionaries and the war against terrorism, but availability of arms with it  to counter  terror attacks was next to nil so much so that its 25 platoons were having no arms and ammunition.

The report said the FC comprising 26,172 personnel held only 536 bulletproof jackets while bomb disposal squad was a non-existent entity. It said 12 check-posts of FC were destroyed in the ongoing war against terror and 15,463 sub machine guns, 145 light machine guns, 1,052 heavy machine guns, 751 rocket launchers, 22,985 bulletproof jackets, 20 APCs, 547 NDVs and 120 jammers of vehicles were urgently required by the FC.

It was stated in the report that the FC was operating in 17 districts with 103 posts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It had total 547 platoons of which 60 were operating in Sindh, 108 were associated with the army in the campaign against the terrorists in FATA. The FC also provided security to 400 VIPs under the directives of the Interior Ministry.

The Interior Ministry sources said the ministry had sent a summary to the Finance Ministry which ministry regretted to release funds on the plea that it was not in a position to do so at present. The Interior Ministry has decided to bring the matter to the notice of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.