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US trainers to be provided alternate location: Rehman Malik.

ISLAMABAD, January 19, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Interior Minister Rehman Malik Tuesday acknowledged the US support for anti-terror training of Pakistan Police Officers and pledged to soon provide alternate training location to foreign experts working at Sihala. After successful US initiative; Australian and French experts would also be arriving in the country to impart modern terror-combat training to civilian law enforcement agencies of Pakistan, Malik told journalists at Parliament House. He said US experts were supporting Pakistan under a mutual understanding, signed between the two countries in 2003 -when Pervez Musharraf was in power. However, the ministry of Interior has taken them out from Sihala Police Training College due to security reasons and in response the overwhelming public demand. We do acknowledge the US support for raising standard of our police and for improving professional capabilities of civilian law enforcing personnel. They have done well and we shall provide them with alternate training facility, said the Minister. It was a positive initiative on part of the US administration and now France and Australia have shown their interest to send experts too, he added. The US has also spent around Rs 20 million on training of police officers. Let us take this initiative as positive because the government spends million of rupees on studies and training of police officials in foreign countries, however, now these countries are coming for our support at our home, Malik continued. To a question, he said that the arms licenses scam was under investigation and all licenses issued during last seven years were being scanned for checking their authenticity. So far some one hundred fake licenses have been identified as three FIA teams are probing the matter, he added. Malik said it was a big network of arms dealers, section officers and other people. Some of them including a man Jamil Abbasi and a few section officers have already been arrested. He said that security scanners in the capital have been tested today and they would be installed at some locations within a couple of days. Replying to another query, Rehman Malik said that National Registration Authority (NARA) would be re-activated to ensure more collaborative measures for security mechanism and for the purpose the authority has been assigned to register all foreign workers as well as students including those studying in Deeni Madaris and universities in the country.

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