KARACHI: The US Consul General in Karachi,Grace Shelton, officially handed over six armored personnelvehicles (APVs) worth 150 million rupees ($1.5 million USD) tothe Balochistan police officials at an event in Karachi onWednesday.
The vehicles were built by the American company Lenco andwere designed specifically for the rough terrain of Balochistanand easy maintenance locally.
In addition to the APVs, the United States recently donated4,000 bullet resistant vests, mine and explosives detectors, bombsuits, and bomb blankets. The total donation was in excess of $7million USD.
Speaking at the event the Consul General said `The recenttargeted killings of Balochistan police officers shows just howdangerous policing can be in Balochistan and how we cannot restin determining ways to keep law enforcement officers safe.
TheUnited States Government hopes these vehicles and the otherprotective equipment can help protect these brave officers whilethey continue to fight crime and terrorism'.
The United States Department of State's Bureau ofInternational Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs works in morethan 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption,counter drug-related offences, improve police institutions, andpromote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.