Security officials briefly stopped American vehicles in the limits of the Peshawar Cantonment on Monday. However, they were allowed to go after some time, sources said.
Some American officials were returning to the US Consulate and a couple of them were filming the area when they were stopped at a checkpoint near Khalid Bin Walid Park. They were driving the same vehicles which had dodged police on the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway to enter the city earlier.
A statement from the US Consulate on Monday however rubbished all reports of Americans dodging law enforcement agencies or taking refuge inside the consulate. It was stated that US officials were travelling from Islamabad to Peshawar on official business and had an approved No Objection Certificate from Pakistan’s General Headquarters for the trip.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2011.