Thursday, September 8, 2011

US official’s attempt to enter Pak nuclear research facility ‘foiled’

US official’s attempt to enter Pak nuclear research facility ‘foiled’

Faisalabad, Sept 8(ANI): A US security official tried to enter a ‘sensitive’ area of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in Faisalabad, a Pakistani newspaper has said.

Jaison Berger, Security Officer of the US Consulate in Lahore, visited Faisalabad on Wednesday to inspect security arrangements for a US delegation’s scheduled visit to the city on September 13, The Express Tribune reported.

While visiting different areas of the city, Berger reached the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), a centre of nuclear research working under the direct command of the PAEC, the report said.

Police staff and officials on duty stopped Berger at the gate after receiving orders from their superiors at a provincial and national level, and requested him to steer clear of the area that was not included in the US delegation’s scheduled plan, but he refused to acquiesce, the report added.

After a heated debate between the US official and Pakistani security agencies, including NIBGE commandos, Berger was forced to leave the site.

Following the incident, the official abruptly cut short his visit and headed for Lahore, said the report.

Following the encounter, the agency personnel and Faisalabad police took up the matter seriously and sent SOS reports to concerned officials about Berger’s attempt to enter the facility. (ANI)

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