An Asia Society report released today calls for international assistance to Pakistan to focus not only on the country’s military, but also its police force. Stabilizing Pakistan through Police Reform has already attracted coverage by a number of media outlets, including the video report by BBC Urdu embedded above.
Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas, the project director and a professor at the National Defense University in Washington, told the AFP that Britain and the United States have both been assisting police reform, but that more can be done.
“The overall funding for these projects is no match for the resources provided to Pakistan for anti-terrorism operations throughout the last decade, very little (if any) of which ever reached police institutions because it was so largely geared toward the defense sector," he told the newswire service.
This week, Abbas will be presenting the report at events in New York (Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.) and Washington D.C. (Wednesday, July 25, 3:30 p.m.). The New York event will be broadcast via a free live webcast at AsiaSociety.org/Live.