The UK Government has announced plans to donate a package worth approximately £1m to Pakistan to support the previously gifted counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) equipment.
Britain has gifted nearly £13m of C-IED equipment to Pakistan as part of a three-year programme to help the country develop a multi-agency ability to combat IEDs. The programme was completed in May this year.
Last month, the UK offered a new enhanced three-year package of C-IED support, which will renew support in finding and defusing IEDs, and will also include vital training in how to gather and analyse forensic evidence from bomb scenes.
The latest package covers the supply of spare parts for C-IED equipment, including Vallon metal detectors.
In a written statement to Parliament, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "By working together, we will make our streets safer at home in the UK and in Pakistan.
"Pakistan has a rapidly expanding C-IED capability, with over 5,000 of its security forces trained, and more of these IEDs are being defeated across the provinces and lives are being saved.
"Pakistani battalions, who have benefited from UK support, have been operating for more than a year as part of the military’s counter terrorism operations."
Facing a severe threat from IED attacks conducted by terrorists based in Pakistan, the country has requested the UK for assistance in developing the capabilities of its security forces to tackle IED threat, which allegedly caused more than 16,000 casualties in the country during the past decade.
Expected to be gifted later this year, the package is valued at £948,439, and the UK government will also spend approximately £40,000 for packaging and shipping of the equipment.
Image: The latest C-IED package covers the supply of spare parts for Vallon metal detectors. Photo: Ministry of Defence / © Crown.