Refusing to cooperate: ‘ASF men rough up Saudi embassy official’

Officials say Col Sukhari refused to cooperate and started the fight by slapping an official.

Our Correspondent June 01, 2012

RAWALPINDI:


Airport Security Force personnel at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport allegedly entered into an altercation with the military attaché of the Saudi embassy on Thursday, after he refused to cooperate during security checks and abused Pakistan and called Pakistani officials his “servants”.


According to officials from the ASF, Colonel Sukhari, who was meant to fly out to Riyadh, refused to get a routine body check and started quarrelling with the security personnel at the airport. The ASF officials said that the military attaché insisted that he was not subject to a body search because he was a diplomat.

The Saudi embassy official became abusive and attacked the ASF officials, say eye witnesses. He also abused Pakistanis in general and called them “servant class,” said eyewitnesses.

An official from the Airport Police said the Saudi official started the fight by slapping an ASF official, identified as Idrees.

Following this, the ASF staff started trying to restrain Sukhari.

While speaking to the media at the airport after being medically examined, the colonel denied starting the fight and claimed that the security staff misbehaved with him and his son.

The embassy official added that he would initiate criminal proceedings against the ASF security staff.

The Saudi Embassy, refused to comment on the incident.

Medical Superintendent BBH Dr Asif Qadir Mir informed the media that a medical examination of Colonel Sukhari had been carried out, which showed that he was bruised. ASF officials also received injuries.

Sukhari was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences by Saudi ambassador Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim for treatment. But no such relief was accorded to ASF officials, said sources.

No FIR has been registered.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2012.

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Har dam tayar;(ASF) | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Thx every 1 who have appreciate ASF for dis job n for such praise,n thx to all others as well who have just criticized ASF without knowing the true pic of reality, I'm member of ASF at BBIA n & will just say to all of you dear friends that we are doing our duty very honestly & professionally as every time we are under strict observation of our agencies that are FIU & law enforcement unit.I can say it with very proudly that ASF is one n only department in Pakistan who is performing its duty without any corruption & with so much tolerance as its not easy for one person to make 1000 persons happy & plz think atleast once before gvng any wrong comments abt security forces or those who are working day n night for ur protection & security of whole country.. REGARDS ASI UZMA

T Ahmed | 8 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Reading many of the responses, it is clear that there are two kinds of Pakistanis. Those with self-respect (like the one who beat up this arrogant saudi) and those who are arab-kay-naukar (which is what this saudi tried calling the Pakistani security official) and are trying to use the standard technique too many Pakistanis use to draw attention away from reality (i.e. try and berate the US somehow!)

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