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Pakistani Court Orders Police Apology After German Detained For Two Weeks

A Pakistani court has ordered the police to apologize for detaining a German tourist for two weeks, even though she had a valid visa.

A Pakistani lawyer for the woman, who is in her mid-20s, told the AFP news agency that the police had apologized as ordered.

The woman was arrested on March 16 in Dera Ghazi Khan, where she had gone to see an annual festival in honor of a Sufi saint.

The authorities said she did not have specific permission to visit the district, which borders the restive southwestern Balochistan Province and is subject to security restrictions.

In its ruling ordering the apology and the release of the tourist, the Multan bench of Lahore High Court said the authorities have an obligation to inform visitors in writing about any movement restrictions.
Based on reporting by AFP and dpa