US donates USD 2.7 million to Pakistan for troops” deployment at Afghan

KUNA, August 3 – The United States Thursday donated USD 2.7 million in aid to its war ally, Pakistan, for deployment of 50 additional Frontier Constabulary (FC) troops at the porous Pak-Afghan border to curb drug smuggling and terrorism.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked at the Interior Ministry by the US ambassador, Ryan C Crocker, and Inspector General (IG) FC frontier province (NWFP), Naveed Malik.

As per the MOU USD 2.5 million of the total aid would be spent on commodities, support and for up gradation of check posts at the Pak-Afghan border.

US would also provide communication equipment, vehicles, surveillance equipment and other items, said Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, the Federal Interior Minister, while talking to reporters on the occasion.

He said that FC forces would be enhanced at the Pak-Afghan border so that could work diligently, adding that Pakistani troops would continue their activities against cross border terrorists.