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German woman diplomat glided into trouble in Pak

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Updated: May 10, 2011, 4:38 PM IST
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German woman diplomat glided into trouble in Pak
Shasha Wolf and her instructor were paragliding from the Margalla Hills overlooking Islamabad on Monday.

Islamabad: A German woman diplomat glided into trouble after her paragliding stint in the Pakistani capital violated the city's heavily-guarded 'red zone', which is home to key buildings like the presidency and Parliament.

Shasha Wolf, a security adviser in the German embassy, her instructor Rao Akhter Hussain and Haseeb Hussain were paragliding from the Margalla Hills overlooking Islamabad on Monday when an army air defence unit spotted them violating the 'red zone', which is a no-fly area.

Wolf and the two others were taken into custody and charged under the Civil Aviation Ordinance of 1960 for violating the no-fly zone.

Rao Akhter Hussain, an instructor at Hawk Gliding Club, told the soldiers that he had accompanied Wolf, who was paragliding from Ramli Mountain.

Hussain said Wolf came down to the ground soon after taking off. Wolf was slightly injured during the landing.

After hours of questioning, the soldiers handed over the three persons to the Secretariat police station.

Wolf told police that she had trained with a paragliding club in Rawalpindi and wanted to glide from Ramli Mountain.

Wolf said she and the instructor jumped together but she could not glide and fell down, sustaining injuries to her legs.

After registering a case against the three, police let off Wolf as she enjoyed diplomatic immunity.

The two Pakistani men were, however, produced in the court of a judicial magistrate, who sent both of them to Adiala Jail on judicial remand.

Police informed the Interior Ministry about the incident.

Pakistani security agencies were recently alerted that a remote-controlled airplane could be used by terrorists to carry out attacks in Islamabad.

First Published: May 10, 2011, 4:38 PM IST
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