October 19, 2016
PESHAWAR: – Despite playing a vital role in countering terrorism and defusing over 6,000 improvised explosive devices and person-borne improvised explosive devices over the past eight years, Khyber-Pakhtunkwa’s Bomb Disposal Unit is marred by lack of funds and equipment.
The four robots donated to the bomb disposal unit in 2012 too have become partially dysfunctional due to lack of proper maintenance. The robots were donated by the British government to K-P police four years ago.
These robots were designed to scan suspicious vehicles or objects for explosives and upon detection defuse them. However, though the robots aimed to reduce the risk for BDU personnel, they were seldom brought to the field.