British forces training Pak Frontier Corps to cope with insurgency

March 21st, 2009 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.21 (ANI): After reports of US security officials imparting training to the Pakistan military, it has now been revealed that a team of British military personnel is also working with the Pak Frontier Corps (FC), The Times Online reports.
A small team of conventional British military personnel is working in a Frontier Corps training school, conducting mutual co-operation training to assist the Frontier Corps in enhancing its capability, a British High Commission spokesperson in Islamabad said.
The British Defence Ministry said team is in Pakistan for the last one year, refused to divulge any details in the context.
According to the sources, the main motive behind such training programs is to develop a a counter-insurgency force that is aware with the geography of the region.
A senior US official said that Pakistani forces do not have the ability to curb insurgency effectively, thus such training modules were necessarily needed.
We”ve been pushing this because the Pakistani Army is simply not designed for counter-insurgency. Its designed for a conventional war with India, he added.
The Obama administration has also provided Frontier Corps with an extra aid of 43.8 million dollars with an aim to equip it modern weapons.
Washington is planning to spend up to 400 million dollars on upgrading the corps, and is also planning of building a new training base outside Peshawar. (ANI)

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