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KP upgrades, equips police force in tribal districts

By Javed Khan

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Sanaullah Abbasi inaugurates new police stations in North Waziristan in November. [KP Police]

PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is providing more facilities to police to fight terrorism in the recently merged tribal districts.

The KP government bought "9 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), 71 single cabin pickups and 7 double cabin pickups during the current financial year for police in the merged districts", KP Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) for Finance Saleem Marwat said December 5.

In addition, the KP government purchased seven robots for KP Police operation units, 27 mobile phone jammers, 1,133 pocket phones along with necessary equipment and 100 mine detectors for police in the merged districts.

KP Police distributed "35,840 uniforms among the police officers in the tribal districts", said Marwat.

The KP Police is a professional force that has been trained, equipped and armed to meet the confronting challenges, said KP IGP Sanaullah Abbasi.

Authorities will use "all available resources to equip the police department with state-of-the-art technologies", he said.

He directed senior officers to further expedite work on police developmental projects in the merged districts.

In a meeting in November, all Regional Police Officers gave Abbasi detailed briefings on the construction of police lines, police stations, police posts as well as purchasing of latest arms, equipment and communications system for the police force.

Meeting residents' expectations

"Improved policing in the merged districts is our utmost priority to ensure durable peace in the areas and the country," said Abbasi.

The KP government has recently released Rs. 100 million ($623,640) for equipping the police with modern devices, weapons, security equipment, communication equipment and vehicles, and will approve more funds very soon, he said.

"We will provide more APCs as well as technology to the police force in the merged districts and the rest of KP," said Abbasi.

Residents of the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have pinned more expectations on the police, he said.

"We have constructed more police stations and posts and equipped the force with modern technology and weapons to meet the challenges," said Nisar Ahmad, the district police officer for Orakzai.

Residents of the tribal districts are happy to see the police force extended to the erstwhile FATA, he said.

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