US men dodge Motorway police to enter Peshawar

Published: August 22, 2011

Vehicles managed to make it to the US consulate in the city. PHOTO: NNI/FILE

PESHAWAR: Four US nationals dodged policemen at a check-point on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway and managed to enter Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s capital Peshawar on Sunday evening, sources said.

A police official at a checkpoint located on the motorway told The Express Tribune that there were two black and white Land Cruisers, which ignored police and intelligence officials’ signals to stop.

Law enforcement personnel chased the vehicles which, the official said, were coming to Peshawar from Islamabad. However, he said, it wasn’t clear where in Peshawar these vehicles were headed to.

He said that usually, police and intelligence personnel check foreigners entering Peshawar at this checkpost to ascertain whether they are carrying legal permits to enter the city or not.

However, the Chamkani police station did not confirm this incident and said that they have no information about this incident.

However, sources said the vehicles bore registration numbers SV-316 and SV-574 and managed to enter the US Consulate in Peshawar. They alleged that the vehicles even tried to crush the police personnel at the checkpost.

Restrictions on the movement of foreign officials, including diplomats, have been enforced following the May 2 Abbottabad raid which killed Osama bin Laden. Diplomats are required to acquire No-Objection Certificates from the interior ministry to travel across the country. However, following protests by the US over curbs, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said that restrictions had been imposed on all Pakistan-based diplomats and no specific curbs were placed on Americans.

Instances of Americans being stopped for not having required documentations have been increasingly reported in the media. In July, three Americans were stopped at the Peshawar International airport on arrival from Islamabad.

Reports of deportation have also appeared. US national Mark DeHaven was arrested in February in Peshawar for overstaying his visa that expired in October 2010. He was deported and is being tried by a court in Peshawar.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd,  2011.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • RizwanTKhan
    Aug 22, 2011 - 9:51AM

    And imagine had Pakistani people repeated the same scene in US, what would have happened to them.

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  • Uzair
    Aug 22, 2011 - 10:15AM

    They dont pay heed listening to the government. When they are not the real diplomats who are supposed to be here than such incidents are imminent. The government when clearly dont bother about the quagmire karachi has been into, how in the world would the government stop those who feed our stooges

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  • rusm
    Aug 22, 2011 - 10:16AM

    good.
    They should dodge these low lifes

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  • Frank
    Aug 22, 2011 - 10:20AM

    The security guards have guns, don’t they? They need to use them.

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  • Abdullah
    Aug 22, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Jokes on us… had it been any other country they would have opened the fires and called the victims terrorists.

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  • Rana
    Aug 22, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Americans are very actively violating movement Restrictions. The only way to restrict them into their holes is to shoot them if they don’t comply with restrictions.

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  • Pragmatist
    Aug 22, 2011 - 11:08AM

    I sincerely hope that Pakistan doesn’t declare war on the US.

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  • Khalid Rahim
    Aug 22, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Let us wait for the official rebuttal from the Minister of Home Affairs and reaction from the Minister of External Affairs? This game of three blind mice chasing the cat to place a bell around it’s neck will certainly be fun for both the ordinary public and members of the diplomatic corp.

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  • Maher
    Aug 22, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Hahaha what a shame for POLICE….. Recommend

  • Aug 22, 2011 - 12:32PM

    What standard of reporting is this? How can Mark De Haven be tried after being deported? Doesn’t make sense.

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  • Aug 22, 2011 - 12:58PM

    Even otherwise; police need to errect subsequent barriers that some culprit crosses an entry point; he finds blocked at next barrier in close vacinity. But for this sort of arrrangments; police improvement has yet to materialize.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 22, 2011 - 1:43PM

    @Rana:
    Yes ! They are violeting the restriction of movement ! But perhaps they know lot more about those cockroaches residing within Pakistan who they want to take out, and as Pakistan will not act to assist, these guys will simply just go in and deal with them by their own means. Remember OBL’s location ??
    They came, took action and then they left !!!
    While your Mighty Armed forces were a asleep !!!

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  • Aug 22, 2011 - 2:12PM

    brother if police will open fire what will b done they have bulit prof land cruisers

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  • Aug 22, 2011 - 2:17PM

    Plzz pace is best then us police is not best alle yourps trends is dividid and raul that is not okk

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  • wasim
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:21PM

    well had it been the pakistani the security personals would have opened fire but it was white skin which stopeed the guards to fire…..

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  • saif
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:33PM

    now we need “Azadi” we are not self sufficient in our own country. do you believe we are free ?

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  • Adnan Khan
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Pakistan security agency’s weapons have no Codes to fire on forigners hahahah they just shoot nationals

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  • billy
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:46PM

    AoA,every one.What a shame for us.
    Its was the same peshawar police who killed a young boy riding a motorcyle,when the police stopped him,he didint & our courageous police shot him.he was in pool of blood in no time.And i am not sure but it was our 2010 INDEPENDENCE DAY.
    Now where were our police................................
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  • dontworryaboutit
    Aug 22, 2011 - 2:55PM

    Americans need to stop acting so arrogant and obnoxious all the time – for their own good. like being hated all over the world because of wars wasnt enough. Stop acting like the victims, americans, you’ve long past transitioned into aggressors. You want respect? learn to give some first.

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  • Musso
    Aug 22, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Pak Police should stand with rocket missile and the message to the US will be clear… stop or get blown into pieces.

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  • Sadia Manzoor
    Aug 22, 2011 - 4:19PM

    @Hedgefunder: Yes ! They are violeting the restriction of movement ! But perhaps they know lot more about those cockroaches residing within Pakistan who they want to take out,

    Could they take out anything in 10 years in Afghanistan? Who won in Afghanistan? Now don’t redicule yourself telling me India did.LOL.. What happened to Soviets and US Empire in Afghanistan? The nation who break all rules themselves, can not ask other nations to give them free hand or call others terrorists when they invade countries on false pretext such as OBL or WMD’s. World know very well such absurdities and lies are well exposed. War is lost in Afghanistan, you accept it or not, won’t make any difference. Therefore calling others terrorists when you are the State sponsored yourself… is kind of a joke.
    I am so surprised to see how well you know what they are doing in Pakistan. Do they brief you on daily basis opr what?LOL.. WOW” They do their work and come our, remember OBL” ?Hahaha… If they are so smart then tell me why they could not win in Afghanistan. If you ever succeeded answeing me that question,…. You will definately get some reality check on your fantasies about NATO capabilities. Remember. you and your nation similarly had relations with Soviets when they invaded.. Recommend

  • Chengez K
    Aug 22, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Every time American agents enter Peshawar a huge attack happens……..If KP is to be saved close down American consulate in Peshawar

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 22, 2011 - 6:36PM

    @Sadia Manzoor:
    Its called Commonsense !! They don’t have to brief anybody, as the whole world knows the facts as to Pakistan’s reluctance to tackle home grown terrorist too, let alone AQ, Taliban and other misfits !!!
    Its time you people start calling Spade a Spade !! Rather than living in illusions, denials and blame others Policies !!!!
    Why do you need travel restrictions in first place, for the Godfather who feeds you????
    Where does India get mentioned in my comment?? Learn to live without that phobia, as otherwise staring at the neighbour with envy will ultimately bring your own demise due to your inactions !!!!Recommend

  • Ajnabi
    Aug 22, 2011 - 6:50PM

    @Hedgefunder, you really think they are after remanants of Al Qaeda? You really think there was OBL in Abbottabad? You must b an amerrican to believe all this cock and bull story. Nobody believes this here. Man, there is much more in our beloved country Pakistan. Al Qaeda is just an hoax to jusify their stay in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 22, 2011 - 8:59PM

    @Ajnabi:
    This cock and bull story is acknowledged by the rest of the world and even AQ and OBL’s Wives, for god’s sake !!!
    So why is it that difficult for you lot to accept facts and start solving the problems, as they stand, instead of all that come out all the time????
    Its very high time that people of Pakistan actually start learning to acknowledge the facts !!!
    Otherwise as i stated you may not have a Nation in near future, on the course you are heading !! Forget about being Failed State, as even those have capacity to acknowledge their position, however you guys simply refuse to accept Facts !!! Where is your Ghairat, when your Politicians are doing Global tours for Aid??
    Its time to Lockup your Ghairat ! As its obviously not good for your Health !!
    No one in West is buying this anymore, and they have their own Economic Crises to deal with !!Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Aug 23, 2011 - 8:51AM

    @Rana:
    Know about the laws that apply to diplomats before commenting. No ‘host’ country can place curbs on movement of foreign diplomats except to security-sensitive, predesignated installations. You can’t just stop any diplomat on the street at will and subject him to searches. You need to have a charge against him first. Pakistan should come out of this caveman mentality and behave like a responsible nation.

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  • Rana
    Aug 23, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @Hedgefunder:

    We have no doubt our forces were well aware of that entire fake encounter. American think tank has staged this drama to fool their tax paying nation. What a poor justification for a 7 trillion dollar war. It’s going to be much pain full for coming U.S. generations to digest this defeat. Its may not be over yet!!!! Get ready for Duck Hunt game.

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  • Rana
    Aug 23, 2011 - 1:06PM

    @Pragmatist:

    Are we talking about diplomats or diplomatic laws??? We are talking about cursed US mind set and under cover CIA and Backwater agents which are hovering in our country. Our authorities may have learned a lot from RAYMOND DAVIS case. I would rather suggest authorities for DON’T DETAIN FIRE IN THE BRAIN.

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  • sarcastic
    Aug 23, 2011 - 1:25PM

    @Hedgefunder…..Seems tha you still avoided the main question, Question is, what has America and the NATO really achieved in Afghanistan ten years? Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Astonishing, but true.

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  • onein140million
    Aug 23, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Quite a contradiction, considering how the very same forces showered bullets on the foreign women in Kharotabad

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 23, 2011 - 4:35PM

    @sarcastic:
    Yes , you are right ! However its purely due to their lack of ability to understand and grasp the very fact, that these tribal people simply will not understand Democracy or any rule of Law except their own gun !!
    It was always going to be waste of money to deal with Afghanistan, as all they really had to do was to simply go after AQ and leave the rest alone !!
    As for Pakistan, this was God given opportunity to get another wad of cash for doing nothing more than pretending to be active partners in the War on Terror !!
    But for Pakistan, the outcome is going to be very different, due to their introduction of Madrassas & Wahabism in their society, as we can see everyday !!!Recommend

  • Aug 24, 2011 - 12:00AM

    Americans are blessed people, our police cannot even open fire on the vehicles’ tyres either.

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