ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy on Monday denied media reports that US nationals dodged policemen at a check-point on the Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway to enter Peshawar.
According to an embassy statement, the US officials were travelling from Islamabad to Peshawar for official business and had an approved No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan General Headquarters for the trip.
It also said that the officials were not stopped at the checkpoint but were waved on. It added that there was no altercation between US and Pakistani police officials, and that all employees of the US mission to Pakistan abide by the law.
The Express Tribune reported today (Monday) that a police official at a checkpoint located on the motorway said that two black and white Land Cruisers 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.
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Pakistani newspapers had previously indicated that Pakistan had reached an agreement with the USA that this harassment would stop --- is this another case of "two faced" Pakistan or another case of inaccurate reporting?
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