Four foreigners detained in Peshawar

Published: June 5, 2011
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Suspects were stopped after they failed to follow correct protocol.

Suspects were stopped after they failed to follow correct protocol.

PESHAWAR: Arm personnel detained four Americans after they were stopped at an army check post in Peshawar. However, they were allowed to leave after almost two hours.

According to Express 24/7 reporter Sumaira Khan, the foreigners travelling in a grey land cruiser were stopped at an army check post opposite the destroyed CID office after they failed to follow protocol.

FC Cantt. released a statement saying they men were released after official confirmation was received verifying the identities of the four men. Their passports and documents were in order.

A police officer on site said that the misunderstanding came about after the American officials failed to follow protocol. Given the current law and order situation, police and army personnel took every precaution to ensure the safety of foreigners in the area.

It was initially believed that these men were members of Blackwater or Xe corporation. The foreigners said they maintained that they were staff of the US consulate and lived in the diplomatic enclave.

It was later verified that the four men in fact belonged to the US embassy in Islamabad and were present lawfully in the country.

The number plate displayed on the back of their car, bearing numbers IDF 7582, was found to be fake.

The car also had another numberplate, one which is normally issued to diplomats, resting on their dashboard bearing numbers CD-64-164.

They refused to talk to either the media or Pakistani security officials present at the scene.

They had failed to follow protocol reserved for foreigners moving in the city.

US officials are supposed to inform police and intelligence officials.

The check post where they were stopped is near Gora Qabristan area of Peshawar and is in close vicinity of the destroyed CID office in Peshawar as well as an SSG paratroopers schools along with residences of FIA and intelligence officials.

Police and army officials released the men after official confirmation of their links with the US consulate was received. The four men had produced documents including a diplomatic passport, indicating that they were staff of the US consulate. Their visas were valid.

The had locked themselves in their car and were refusing to speak to security officials, waiting for a representative from the US consulate or the embassy.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 12:35AM

    Who said that they were XE agents to begin with? The media~?Recommend

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 1:28AM

    May be another Raymond Davis Crisis?Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:34AM

    Well How pity and pathetic our forces are? if the same case had happened in USA while Pakistani ambassador or even zardari had locked himself in a car….. NYPD or any state trooper would have banged the doors kicked the A** of anybody who had dared to come near to sensitive areas. Recommend

  • Vingi Ungal
    Jun 5, 2011 - 6:43AM

    “The number plate displayed on the back of their car, bearing numbers IDF 7582, was found to be fake.”
    The king not only reigns, but also rules.Recommend

  • Imam Bux Mallah
    Jun 5, 2011 - 9:17AM

    I smell something fishy. Believe me, these Americans have the only excuse of relating themselves with Diplomats. Mark my words, Something is dug as another gift for us (Pakistanis).Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:20AM

    I think such circumstances are enough to prove that the people were slave but now our armed forces are slave too.May Allah help us.Recommend

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 12:29PM

    It is a matter of great concern that foreigners are stepping in our beloved country and posing as headstrong refusing to follow the law and orders, using fake number plate; such individuals should be strictly punished who are destroying our motherland. Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:19PM

    If you are paid for certain services, rendering them is the right thing. Before the people righteously freak, they need to consider the position Pakistan is in. A country that is run on foreign money since its citizens dont pay taxes. And a country whose citizens perpetrate crimes on other nations that the country keeps pleading weakness to stop. If Pakistan cannot take care of itself, it should stop complainingRecommend

  • Jun 5, 2011 - 2:48PM

    IDF = Israeli Defence Forces.

    Just look at the picture and decide if he looks like a diplomat or a trained fighter?!?!?!Recommend

  • Mufti
    Jun 6, 2011 - 9:10AM

    If we Pakistanis want to be independent of the Americans, then perhaps we can start by paying taxes. A government that cannot pay its bills is already, BY DEFINITION, not sovereign. Pay taxes, build up our state, and then kick out both the Taliban and the Amricans!Recommend

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