Three German nationals were sent to Islamabad after it was discovered that they were running a liaison office without government permission in the University Town area of Peshawar, police said on Saturday. Two locals working at the office were also taken into custody.
Media reports had earlier speculated that the German nationals had been arrested, but Senior Superintendant of Police (Operations) Tahir Ayyub rejected the news, saying that all three of them were at their office at Park Lane in University Town.
He said that the Germans possessed proper travelling documents but lacked a No Objection Certification (NOC) to run the liaison business.
Ayyub said that Zameer Gul and Sadat Ali, the security supervisor, have been taken into custody and are being interrogated.
The German nationals were shifted to the University Town Police station and later sent to Islamabad for not having the required NOC.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2012.