|08ISLAMABAD2105||2008-06-12 13:45:00||UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY||Embassy Islamabad|
1. (U) Following is a summary of U.S. Mission Islamabad's
activities in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
along its northwest border with Afghanistan as of June 6, 2008.
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2. (SBU) The Torkham Border Coordination Center (BCC) is expected
by operational by June 17, Pakistan commitment to participation
reportedly being held up with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Participation should be seen as a bellwether of Pakistan
inclinations towards cooperation. Construction will begin soon on
the Lawara/Tilman BCC (Paktika Province adjacent to North
Waziristan) with an estimated completion date of October. Minister
of Interior has asked us to explore the concept of a FATA "home
guard" force program empowering locals to become more vested in
local security in principle consistent with the Iraq "Concerned
Local Citizens" model.
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3. (SBU) Principal Officer Peshawar met on May 31 with the Sarhad
Rural Support Program staff, a NGO that USAID had set up, to discuss
its poverty alleviation strategy for the Northwest Frontier
Province. The program is modeled after the Aga Khan rural support
program. While the Sharhad Rural Support Program has successfully
administered a USD 6 million grant from the GOP, it is unclear
whether they could administer a larger grant.
Frontier Corps Training Program
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4. (SBU) Pakistan has insisted Warsak training not be allowed to
proceed until infrastructure has been completed (estimated December
2008). Embassy Islamabad and SOCCENT continue to explore alternative
sites for the Frontier Corps "train the trainer" program which will
preserve the initiation of the actual Wing Development collective
training in late Fall. There are four alternatives being
considered: a Pakistan Army Facility, a Pakistan MOI Facility, a
Regional Training Facility, and a U.S. facility. Moving the Master
Trainer program to the U.S. is preferred, but would be the most
difficult because of the length of time necessary to process visas.