Ambassador William R. Brownfield, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs, arrived in Pakistan on Sunday, July 3 to lead the American delegation to meetings of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Working Group.
On Monday, July 4, Ambassador Brownfield laid a wreath in tribute at the Pakistan National Police Martyrs' Memorial and delivered the following remarks:
“Inspector General, senior officers, officers and men of the Islamabad Police and all representatives of Pakistan's law enforcement, I thank you very much for the honor of joining you today, particularly this day, the 235the anniversary of the independence of the country I represent, the United States of America. You do me high honor in allowing me to share it with you.
"Inspector General, since the dawn of history, all societies, peoples and countries have had two professions of arms: one to protect our communities from the threats from outside and the second to protect our communities from the threats from inside. And while I, the grandson, son and brother of Army officers have enormous respect for the military, it is now and always has been the police that protect our communities day after day. They patrol our streets and protect our homes, they rescue our children and confront the criminals, they solve crimes, and they bring justice to our communities. Whether it's Islamabad or Washington, Lahore or New York, Karachi or Los Angeles, they are the bedrock of our communities.
"Ladies and gentlemen, from time to time, far too often, they pay the ultimate price, they make the ultimate sacrifice. Inspector General, about one month ago, specifically on the seventh of June, I participated in an annual ceremony at the U.S. Law Enforcement Memorial in the city of Washington, where all American police, federal, state and local police met to honor those who fell that year. We added nearly 40 names to the memorial. We are here today at Pakistan's memorial where 500 names are already inscribed and 1,400 more will soon be inscribed. We say about each of those names that when others fled, they stood; when others cowered, they protected their communities; while others lived in cowardice, they died in honor. To them, to their families, I offer thanks, I offer respect, and I offer the highest honors.
"If I might close on this 4th of July, quoting the words of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who said in Gettysburg in 1863, 'The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.' Members of the Pakistani Law Enforcement Community, I thank you, I honor you and I respect you. Thank you very much."
On Tuesday, July 5, the United States and Pakistan released the following joint statement:
"The fourth Ministerial Level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue on Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism was held in Islamabad on July 5, 2011. The two sides were led by Pakistan's Minister of Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik and William Brownfield, United States Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement of the Department of State.
"The meeting reaffirmed the commitment of both governments to continue the important work of the Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue and to strengthen both governments' cooperation on law enforcement and counterterrorism issues.
"Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik and Assistant Secretary Brownfield discussed the tragic impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on both law enforcement personnel and civilians in Pakistan, and across the border in Afghanistan. The death of over 500 Pakistani civilians from IEDs since the beginning of the calendar year 2011 called for the need for urgent action to combat the threat. Noting that suicide bombings and IED attacks have become an unacceptable and too frequent occurrence in Pakistan, both governments pledged to improve cooperation on stopping these vicious cowardly attacks by the enemies of humanity.
"The United States appreciated the enduring commitment and support of Pakistan to fight extremists and recognized the extreme sacrifice of Pakistan's law enforcement and military personnel. Assistant Secretary Brownfield paid tribute to the fallen police officers by laying a wreath at the Police Martyrs Memorial which recognizes the 1,400 law enforcement officers who laid down their lives in the fight against terrorism.
"The delegations also exchanged ideas on how to improve the prosecution for illegal shipments of IED precursors and terrorism cases, including strengthening the legislative framework for such cases. The two parties also discussed the challenges and progress made in Pakistan's efforts to counter the illicit trafficking of drugs.
"The United States agreed to assist Pakistan to ensure that Pakistan's law enforcement officers are adequately equipped to combat the threat posed by terrorists and ensure the protection of the people of Pakistan.
"The two sides agreed to continue these discussions and further enhance cooperation in field of counterterrorism."