Nowshera, 14 July 2023(TDI): Ambassador of the United States of America, Donald Blome, along with the Inspector General (IG) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Akhtar Hayat Khan, and Aliona Niculita, Deputy Representative of UNDP Pakistan, inaugurated the Joint Police Training Center in Nowshera.
U.S.🇺🇸 Ambassador to🇵🇰 Donald Blome, IG @KP_Police1 Akhtar Hayat Khan, & #UNDPinPakistan Officer In-Charge @AlionaNiculita inaugurated the Joint Police Training Center Nowshera, the largest construction project funded by @StateINL in Pakistan.@USCGPeshawar @usembislamabad (1/2) pic.twitter.com/oDRuTpMh9b
— UNDP Pakistan (@UNDP_Pakistan) July 14, 2023
This training centre was inaugurated on July 13 and is expected to play a crucial role in enhancing the capacity and professionalism of the police force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This training centre was built 12 years ago and is now being expanded with the collaboration of UNDP Pakistan, the Government of KPK, and the US Embassy.
The total funds allotted by the US State Department of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for this expansion were $17.2 billion.
This expansion will allow the joint training of 1700 Police officers at a time, heightening their capabilities in fighting terrorism, controlling drugs, and maintaining law and order in the region.
Strengthening Security in KPK
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) is the most vulnerable region to terrorism due to its proximity to the Afghan border and its history of militancy.
It is still suffering from a law and order situation, especially after the evacuation of the NATO armed forces from Afghanistan, but this kind of initiative will help tackle the situation.
On this occasion, IG Hayyat highlighted the importance of this initiative in strengthening the security forces in KPK.
He emphasized that with the addition of these trained police officers, they will be better equipped to combat terrorism, crack down on drug trafficking, and ensure the safety and well-being of the region’s residents.
This move is a significant step towards restoring peace and stability in KPK, providing a sense of relief to its citizens.
Additionally, this initiative demonstrates the commitment of all parties involved to address the root causes of instability and create a conducive environment for sustainable development in the region.
This kind of initiative also contributes positively to enhancing the soft power of the US in Pakistan and can act as a confidence-building measure.