June 22nd, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Security Brief: Man in burqa held in Pakistan

A German national wearing a burqa was taken into custody by Pakistani security forces while trying to escape from a security check post innorthwestern Pakistan, a government official told CNN Tuesday.

The German, two local tribesmen and a 6-year-old girl were traveling in a car from Mir Ali, North Waziristan, to Bannu, Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Monday, said Zahir Shah, a senior government official in the Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Shah said the German was attempting to deceive security forces by giving the impression a tribal family was traveling in the car.

The German was wearing a full-body sewing cloth that Muslim women wear for cultural and religious reasons. He also was carrying the girl. He was sitting in the front seat of the car while two other local tribesmen were sitting in the back seat.

Security forces at the check post of the Bannu district examined the car and detained the German and the tribesmen.

Shah said the German was traveling without necessary documents such as a passport and emphasized that no foreigner can go to the tribal area without getting permission from authorities.

The German Foreign Ministry is aware of the reports and has asked the German Embassy in Islamabad to investigate. The embassy has made contact with the Pakistani authorities.

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  1. Woody Smith

    I realize that military leaders should avoid letting their true thought be known. When their "commander" is so wrong on so many topics, should those who are to protect us just bite thier own tongue and let us be sold down the tubes.
    Have a great day.
    Woody Smith

    June 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dick Lawrence

    The Commander in Chief is a civilian. Thank God.

    June 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |