ISLAMABAD - The US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, on Thursday assured authorities of Islamabad Capital Territory Police of his country’s support to combat crimes and spoke highly of ICTP.

He was addressing a considerable crowd of people including women, officials of Islamabad police and common citizens during commemoration of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day at a forum to discuss ways to address domestic violence and crimes involving women at the Islamabad Police Lines. In his remarks, Olson especially mentioned the role of United States to empower Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies, especially police department, to investigate crimes against women and children established by the Islamabad Capital Territory Police in 2010.

“The United States believes in empowerment of women. Participation of women in every aspect of life and investing to help them stand on their foot is one of surest ways to achieve economic progress, political stability, and greater prosperity for Pakistani women and men,” said Olson.

Olson, who has recently taken charge as US Ambassador to Pakistan, is rapidly gaining popularity among country’s ruling elite, government officials, journalists and even public.  While addressing the participant with a pleasant smile on his face and brightness in eyes, Olson made it clear and loud that United States is well committed to educating Pakistani law enforcement, especially investigation officers, to carry out investigation of violence against women and children on scientific and modern lines. 

Forty investigators of Islamabad Capital Territory police have got training from USA. So for, 3000 officials of Islamabad capital territory have obtained training from USA since 2002. On a whole, 6000 police officials of Pakistan have obtained training from USA since 2002, US Ambassador told participants.

The Ambassador revealed while addressing the participants that Islamabad police have so for received donation of $840,000 from USA to purchase sophisticated weapons including ambulances, bomb equipment vans, transport vehicles, patrol motorcycles, and tactical equipment.

“We have received this amount during 2011 and 2012 and spent it to purchase modern equipment to make Islamabad Capital territory police one of the best law enforcement agency,” a spokesperson of Islamabad police said on Thursday.