ISLAMABAD US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson asked NWFP Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti to take notice of information leakage (related to Americans) to media from CM Secretariat, highly placed sources informed TheNation on Tuesday. Please help us to promote soft image of United States of America among the people of Pakistan through media, Patterson asked Chief Minister Hoti and higher officials of CM Secretariat during a meeting held in CM Secretariat, Peshawar. Patterson headed a US delegation comprising US Congressmen that held separate meetings with the NWFP Governor and the Chief Minister. Both sides discussed ongoing war on terror and strategies to combat extremism and militancy in the province. The sources informed that the US envoy assured NWFP leadership that US would equip NWFP police and law enforcement agencies in tribal areas with modern equipment to combat terrorists and militants. It is pertinent to note that US had provided financial assistance to FATA administration in 2004, especially to buy sophisticated weapons and vehicles for law enforcement agencies. The authorities acquired 6010 local-made rifles that were never handed over to the forces. To the shock of many, especially the Americans financers, these rifles were bought from Darra Adam Khel without ammunition and even the brand of those rifles is still not known. Meanwhile, the vehicles bought by the authorities for patrolling were also not suitable for bumpy and mountainous roads of these areas. According to reliable sources from law enforcement agencies, these 6010 rifles and 100 Shahzor vans have been expired laying in Quarter-Guards offices of Mohmand, Bajaur, Khyber and Waziristan Agencies. The scam surfaced when Cap (Retd) Tariq Hayat Khan, Secretary (law and order) FATA, inspected these agencies and found the rifles dumped in the quarter-guards offices of the respective agencies. Tariq Khan has submitted a report to Governor Awais Ghani setting aside the pressure from different quarters who requested him not to unearth the scam. Despite attempting several times this correspondent could not approach Tariq Hayat Khan for his statement on this issue. Since the US has once again shown willingness to provide the law enforcement agencies of FATA (where war on terror is at its peak), serious questions arises among many if the authorities will make best use of US equipment rather they will dump it again in the quarter guard? Earlier, US Ambassador N W Patterson said that after military operation against militants, situation is fast improving in Swat. Addressing a ceremony at Saidu Sharif on Tuesday, she said it was a matter of rejoicing that educational institutions were re-opened in Swat and students had started their educational activities with concentration and freedom. The US Ambassador lauded the role of masses in a successful military operation against militants in Swat. She said that US would continue to provide every possible assistance for the rehabilitation of the affected people. She also visited District Headquarter Hospital. Meanwhile, security was beefed up in Saidu Sharif on Tuesday and Saidu-Mingora Road remained closed for the traffic.