Five foreigners detained by police

Published: March 5, 2011

The FIA recently launched a crackdown against illegal foreigners.

LAHORE: 

Five foreigners were detained briefly on Friday by the Qila Gujjar Singh police after they failed to produce proof of identity when demanded by the police.

The five foreigners, one from Britain and four from Germany, were stopped at the Police Lines check post. They failed to provide their passports when the police asked them.

The four men were then taken to Qila Gujjar Singh police station.

They were later let go when the papers were produced.

Police said the men included Masud Yaris from Britain and Peter Waruni, Oliver Humerman, Uve Brian and Wolfing Spring from Germany.

They said the men were on their way to the hotel they were staying at, after visiting Uzbek Carpets on Nicholson Road.

Yaris told The Express Tribune that he was a carpet exporter and had been living in Pakistan for 15 years.

The German men, he said, were his guests.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 5th, 2011.

Reader Comments (20)

  • Robin
    Mar 4, 2011 - 5:26PM

    Only in South Asia is a railway station a sensitive area.Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 5:31PM

    However, these penalties are rarely pursued

    there’s your problemRecommend

  • ABD
    Mar 4, 2011 - 5:49PM

    Its funny, normally you expect western people to be civilzed…why the heck are they overstaying their visas in a country like Pakistan? something fishy going onRecommend

  • Ahmad Rashid Ahmad
    Mar 4, 2011 - 6:08PM

    @ Robin:

    They are talking about other sensitive area pics not railway headquarters. Anyhow, everyone is accountable before law.Recommend

  • Lahoryyy
    Mar 4, 2011 - 7:48PM

    For ROBIN and ALL… Lahore railway head quarter is adjecent to Police lines. Lhaore biggest police base which has already been attacked and now having heavy police deployed around….and also close to Railway head Quarter about 100 or 200 meters away is a shrine…knows as bibi pak daman….might u know the sensitivity about shrines these days…then shimla pahari about 400m having press club….whats ur opinion now….I belive they must be given chance to produce their documents…if they are having in hotel..I have no doubt about that railways headquarter building is good one for photography…..Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2011 - 9:52PM

    @Lahoryyy:
    Before that Raymond Davis than another American Spy from Peshawar and now these 5 Foreigners …

    its good to see our security and intelligence agencies in Action …

    Clean all the mess,,,is the demand of the day… Recommend

  • Ducky
    Mar 4, 2011 - 11:03PM

    We’re so quick to arrest illegal foreigners. It seems like we only have the rights to arrest foreigners, not our own people who commit cold blooded murder in broad daylight…Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:06AM

    Let me clarify. These were Four Germans and one Pakistani with UK nationality.
    The Germans are our clients and were on visit to Pakistan to buy carpets and Textiles. The Fifth person was the host in Lahore. They were only taking pictures without even realizing how senesitive the situation is in Pakistan. It would have been no news if they had been allowed to being their documents from the hotel before the media was informed and made a headline breaking news. Our media has become a SHAME.Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    Mar 5, 2011 - 3:27AM

    Imagine if theres a crackdown on Pakistanis overstaying their Visas in various countries of Europe and North America. Their Jails will spill over and Newspapers wouldn’t have enough paper space to carry all their names. Here we have come across 5 foreign nationals who said that their travel documents are in the hotel , still we are so keen on making a sensational news out of this event. The places they have photographed are in noway sensitive places. We get to see pictures of these places all over tourist maps and various websites. We need to cool down and stop seeing everything through Raymond Davis prism !!!Recommend

  • Wowem
    Mar 5, 2011 - 7:55AM

    Thank you Ahmer. Treating foreigners like this in the so-called ‘land of traditional hospitality’ is a damn stinking shame! And in case our relic called Police and law enforcement didn’t know, such pictures are all available on Google Earth and a host of other web applications. Thank God, the 65 year old American lady we were hosting left with wonderful impressions of our collapsing country.

    As a disgusted Lahori I would like to apologize to all Germans who are truly wonderful people and come from the most civilised country on earth and to the UK national for this madness.Recommend

  • Continuum
    Mar 5, 2011 - 8:09AM

    @Robin:
    Funny enough . . . . while I was taking pictures of the wall-to-wall depression era murals in the New Orleans railway station, I was ordered to stop by a cop because the train station was a security area.

    When I sent an email of protest, I was advised that this was just part of the TSA security procedures.Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2011 - 8:24AM

    @Robin: my dear did u ever read the news abt ppl who have been arrested in UK, they were blamed having pictures of a mall & pubs,i advise ppl to read abt some subject before commentingRecommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Mar 5, 2011 - 8:29AM

    Isolate us, catch anyone that looks different. All areas are sensitive satellites and having local spies is not possible anymore.

    Sheesh.. Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2011 - 9:16AM

    @Robin: Thank you for your cynical remark. What did the USA do after 9/11? What is the Patriots’ Act? What does it delineate?

    Today we are at the dangerous crossroads of ‘redefining’ the identities of our existence. What happens in USA and Europe is their national priority, and what happens here is our national priority. Dont make any mistake about that. Salams for 2011 and ever. Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2011 - 9:22AM

    Pakistani students are arrested in UK on unverifiable and flimsy grounds who mistakenly get enrolled in un-accredited universities. In prison they are given food tainted with defecation. In Spain and Italy it is the same. They must appease their American masters for muck-raking Pakistan’s name.

    Well done security agencies. Now it’s about time you sentenced some of these foreigners got illegally staying and also arrest local thugs. Salams for 2011 and ever.Recommend

  • Abdulla
    Mar 5, 2011 - 9:39AM

    @NIDA:
    Hello, you are clearing the foreign Mess out of your country but what about other filthy mess like TTP, LeT, JeM, etc.,

    do you dare to clear these mess or keep them has statigic assets as monstersRecommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Mar 5, 2011 - 10:22AM

    @Ahmer Ali: Dont take it personal on you. If they are spies or on any covert mission, than people like you should be hanged for facilitating such mercenaries. The problem is MONEY which our people lick. Why would they take pictures of sensitive places as mentioned? I knew a friend whose father later got arrested for facilitating blackwater in Islamabad and built them a facility to train and practise! I saw one of them during a visit at his home and he came up with his explanation that they are americans that love Pakistan and that is why have kept beards, wear shalwar kameez and talk pashto. GOD…. who in the hell would do that or he took me as a ***. So Mr. Ali please dont take it personal, there are many such clients roaming on our streets unwatched and unknown to our agencies courtesy our beloved Rehman malik & co. Recommend

  • Robin
    Mar 5, 2011 - 12:28PM

    Hahaha……… go Pakistan. Paranoia and fear will save the day.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Mar 5, 2011 - 10:26PM

    @Continuum:
    Atleast you were lucky enough not getting arrested and becoming a Breaking News on all Channels.Recommend

  • @ Punjab Police
    Mar 6, 2011 - 8:06PM

    Great job, Punjab Police.

    THANK YOU for being vigilant. Lets keep it up. All foreigners are must be treated with suspicion.

    Anyone coming to Pakistan knows the situation and should be willing to deal with local laws.

    In America, everyone has to remove shoes to get on a plane, so why can not Punjab Police verify the identity of someone?

    And anyone who disagrees is an American spy or takes money from the CIA.Recommend

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