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PM’s security breached

ISLAMABAD: Security of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was breached on Sunday when he, along with his family, was returning to the federal capital from Murree.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said a white Prado jeep entered the PM’s squad and came close to his vehicle in Malpur area but security personnel stopped it and took its driver into custody. Vehicles in the PM squad escaped collision with the unexpected interception.

Islamabad Police spokesman Mohammad Naeem told Dawn that a retired officer of the Pakistan Air Force, who at present is serving with the Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, was driving the jeep.

He said preliminary investigation revealed that the man had erred into the PM’s squad.

A senior official at the IGP’s office said there was no attempt to attack the PM. “The retired PAF officer was travelling with his family and it is believed that he entered the PM’s squad unintentionally,” he said.

The official said the road at Malpur was quite narrow and the incident took place when it was raining in the area and other vehicles were also moving on the PM’s route.

Police said the jeep driver was allowed to go after questioning.

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