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U.S. donates equipment to Pakistani police

April 8, 2010 at 10:54 AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. officials during a ceremony in northwest Pakistan donated more than $100,000 worth of equipment to local police forces fighting area insurgents.

David Johnson, the U.S. assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, during a ceremony in Peshawar donated equipment to Pakistani police working in North-West Frontier province, Pakistani newspaper The News International reports.

"This latest installment of equipment underscores the United States' ongoing commitment to support Pakistan's police," said Johnson. "We are standing by Pakistan in the face of terrorist attacks."

The equipment included vehicle and hand-held radios. The equipment donation was valued at $130,000.

Pakistan has lobbied for assistance from the United States as it tries to take on militants operating in the volatile tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan.

Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, said last week that supporters of the United States and their allies in Pakistan would face defeat for conducting operations against their own people in the region.

Washington links stability in Pakistan to its war effort in neighboring Afghanistan. U.S. military officials said there were hundreds of U.S. troops in Pakistan helping to train their military forces.

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