Kudos to Islamabad’s Airport Security Force (ASF): Saudi military officer should be thrown in jail

Saudi Arabian embassy must apologize to Pakistan for the misconduct of one of its staff members

We pay tribute to the honourable ASF officers who sought to implement standard security procedures notwithstanding one’s nationality or higher status. We urge the government of Pakistan to award a commendation certificate and medal to the ASF officers who upheld the rule of law and were in pursuit of their duty abused and attacked by the Saudi official. We also urge Pakistan’s Chief Justice to take suo moto notice of this incident and place the said Saudi official’s name in the Exit Control List until an independent inquiry is conducted and due punishment awarded to him.

Names of honourbale Pakistanis:

Idris Ahmed (ASF)
Abdul Rehman (ASF)
Abid Ali (ASF)
Zafar Iqbal
Mohammad Saleem

Names of rude and violent Saudis and those who supported their violence:

Group Captain Saeed Al-Shehri (Saudi Air Force)
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador in Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim al-Ghadeer
Director General ASF
Minister Defence Ahmed Mukhtar
Minister Interior Rehman Malik
Secretary Defense Nargis Sethi
Muhammad Saleh Zaafir (Jang Group)

Video clip (Geo News)

According to news reports, a Saudi military official (name: Saeed Al-Shehri) shoved a Pakistani airport security official at the Islamabad and they in turn gave him a reasonable amount of thrashing.

After getting slapped, ASF (Airport Security Force) officials handled the Saudi Army Officer in Pakistani style – and now the Saudi dude is in a local hospital

ASF personnel at Benazir Bhutto International Airport (Islamabad) were assaulted and abused by a Saudi military officer who refused to be searched and refused to follow the standard security procedures of the ASF. In return, the said Saudi national was allegedly thrashed by the ASF officers.

The scuffle took place when airport security officials stopped Al-Shehri for routine security check.

Following the incident the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan reached the airport.

ASF sources say, the man was not an official of the Saudi embassy, adding he was here for a military course. His seat was also not confirmed, the sources added that a high-level inquiry has been launched into the incident.

On the other hand, sources in the Saudi Airline claimed that the military man is a member of the Saudi embassy and he was to leave for Riyadh via flight SV 732.

Airport sources told that Saeed Alshehri bound for Riyadh via Flight 732 was asked for security clearance by the Airport Security Force (ASF) but the Saudi military officer used offensive language against Pakistani security official and abused him. Saudi military official also attacked and injured Pakistani staff physically and as a result a serious clash was reported between them.

Saudi Military official claimed he received at least nine injuries as a violent clash between security officials of two brotherly Muslim countries.

Secretary Defense Nargis Sethi also took the notice and ordered the DG ASF to submit report within 24 hours. Minister Defence Ahmed Mukhtar and Minister Interior Rehman Malik also expressed concern on the incident.

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador in Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim al-Ghadeer visited the injured at the hospital.

FIR of the incident has also been registered at the Airport Police Station, said police sources.

The injured Saudi man had been shifted to Benazir Hospital of Rawalpindi for treatment.

News report:

A Saudi military officer assaulted Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel at Islamabad Airport when he argued with an official over the stopping of his son during the security check-in of passengers for a Saudi Arabian Airline flight on Thursday. In turn, ASF personnel thrashed the Saudi military office who is reportedly to have been mildly injured.

Pressurized by their Saudi masters, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi sought reports about the incident from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

According to security sources, Group Captain Al Ashri Shukri Saeed of Saudi Air Force, who was attending a professional course at the National Defence University, reached the airport along with his son and a nephew at around 5pm for the 6.15pm flight SV-723 to Riyadh.

His nephew had cleared the security check, while his son bypassed the walk-though gate thus breaking the standard security procedures. When the boy was spotted heading towards the lounge, a security official called him to return and follow the security check-in procedure.

Mr Saeed, used to the servant like attitude of Pakistan army and government, was annoyed when he saw his son being called back by the security staff for regular security screening. He started abusing the security officer and physically assaulted and injured them.

Argument between security official Idris Ahmed and Mr Seed, the sources said, turned into a brawl. When ASF’s Abdul Rehman saw the man (Mr Saeed) quarrelling with his colleague and beating him, he came to help his colleague and got involved in the fight. ASF officer Abid Ali and Inspector Zafar Iqbal and Mohammad Saleem rushed to the place and rescued his colleague and tried to restrain the extremely violent Saudi passenger, who suffered minor injuries in this entire incident.

Senior officials of the ASF and airport management immediately intervened and settled the matter, at least for the time being.

Police took Mr Saeed to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital. “Multiple X-rays of the victim were taken and a medico-legal report was prepared, although the radiologist’s final report is awaited,” the hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Asif Qadir said.

Soon after Mr Saeed had been taken to the BBH, senior officials of the Saudi embassy arrived there.

“Doctors tried to clean an injury he had suffered on his left eyebrow, but a Saudi diplomat stopped them and said he would be taken to Islamabad for treatment,” Dr Qadir said.

He was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in the federal capital and admitted to a VVIP room.

http://dawn.com/2012/06/01/saudi-officer-hurt-in-brawl-at-airport/

Sources:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-51992-Saudi-official-manhandled-at-ISB-airport

http://dawn.com/2012/05/31/asf-director-summoned-after-saudi-national-manhandled-at-airport

http://www.arynews.tv/english/Newsdetail.asp?nid=59668

Reaction on Twitter

Umar Cheema ‏@UmarCheema1
Saudi army official beat Pak officail at IBD airport when asked for body search. Saudi ambassador also reached at airport. Inquiry ordered.

Nadir El-Edroos ‏@needroos
lets see how much they prostrate before their masters

Nadeem F. Paracha ‏@NadeemfParacha
Saudi official thrashed at Isbd airport … Oil spill.

Faisal Qureshi ‏@faisalqureshi
Ahaaaaa *clapping hands* “@Maria_Memon: Violent brawl b/w Saudi military officer and ASF officer at ISB airport.

Maria Memon ‏@Maria_Memon
Violent brawl b/w Saudi military officer and ASF officer at ISB airport. Defence Secretary Sethi intervenes. Saudi Ambassador already by Saudi citizens side at the hospital. Diplomatic nuisance.

Asad Munir ‏@asadmunir38
Saudi Military person misbehaved and trashed ASF staff at Airport.Ghairat Brigade,DPC and IK may hold a protest rally against this insult.

Hafsa Khawaja ‏@Hafsa_Khawaja
– True sadly. RT @Usamaakhwaja: @Hafsa_Khawaja DG Airport Security ki hazri ho gai hay! Ofcourse we are a Saudi Colony.

Hafsa Khawaja ‏@Hafsa_Khawaja
– Reportedly there’s been a fight between a Saudi Army Officer and ASF Officers at Islamabad Airport, because they searched the Saudi.

Murtaza Solangi ‏@murtazasolangi
After mishandling of Col Shikri of Saudi Embassy at Benazir Bhutto airport, Sec Defence summons DG ASF and asks for report in 24 hours.

MULTINEWSPK ‏@MULTINEWS_PK
Saudi citizen, tortured and beaten at Islamabad airport, identified as Colonel Shikri, military attache in Saudi Embassy (Full Diplomat)

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Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi citizen, tortured and beaten at Islamabad airport, identified as Colonel Shikri, military attache in Saudi Embassy

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
A Saudi citizen has allegedly been beaten by airport security staff Islamabad, admitted to hospital, Saudi Ambassador currently visiting him

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi diplomat says i was already searched at two earlier points, and ASF tortured not only me but my son also, my son has left for Riyadh

3h Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi diplomat tells media he just asked ASF to behave nicely, on which ASF got infuriated and started scuffle, ASF misbehaved with my son

Karrar Hussain ‏@KarrarrHussain
@khalidkhan787 The end result be?The ASF officer has to render unconditional Tauba for having dared to manhandle the Saudi officer brother

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
few details about Saudi diplomat story here http://bit.ly/KAVOjE and http://bit.ly/KAVMZg

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi official was accompanied by his two sons, asked by ASF to pass through scanner, which he took as his insult, and later scuffle started

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Breaking: CCTV footage shows Saudi diplomat was the first to hit ASF official, and then his son also joined the fight against ASF Islamabad

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Breaking: CCTV footage reveals all at Islamabad airport, Saudi diplomat was first to push ASF official to the extent that he fell on scanner

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi diplomat is undergoing nose surgery after continuous bleeding, allegedly from injury inflicted by ASF beating #Islamabad

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
and Saudi diplomat has finally been shifted to PIMS Islamabad

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Islamabad airport security force tells media Saudi diplomat was asked to pass through walk-through scanner, which he refused

ASF officials at Islamabad airport were doing routine security checks but it is said that the Saudi official refused to cooperate with them.

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
@saamia_khan: I think Saudi diplomat must have said something bad about Pakistan otherwise no one in their right mind would do it

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
and it seems injured Saudi diplomat will be shifted to PIMS, though no official words on that #Islamabad #Pakistan

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Pakistan Defence and Home ministers both in touch with Saudi Ambassador Aziz, assuring him of ‘justice’ over case of torture on Diplomat

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Medical Superintendent Benazir Hospital confirms Saudi diplomat has 9 injuries marks on his face and body parts #Islamabad #Pakistan

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi Airlines Islamabd says Col, Shikri, diplomat beaten by Islamabad ASF, was due to leave for Riyadh via SV 732

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Another version !RT @SHMKAZMI: @khalidkhan787 they should have beaten him more. May be u have not endured the saudi airports

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
update. Pakistan secretary defence Nargis Sethi has immediately summoned Director General ASF over reports of torture on Saudi colonel

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
@afiasalam look, ASF says Saudi diplomat first slapped their worker when he was being searched. Yet, so much torture is not understandable

4h Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
ASF Islamabad ki to band bajjj gaiiii

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Saudi citizen, tortured and beaten at Islamabad airport, identified as Colonel Shikri, military attache in Saudi Embassy (Full Diplomat)

4h Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
Pakistan Secretary Defence Nargis Sethi has take notice of torture on Saudi Citizen at Islamabad Airport, asks DG ASF to submit report

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
and the Saudi citizen, beaten by Airport security staff Islamabad is said to be Embassy employee, Ambassador Aziz looking after him

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
A Saudi citizen has allegedly been beaten by airport security staff Islamabad, admitted to hospital, Saudi Ambassador currently visiting him

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Abdul Mutakabbir ‏@mutakabir
@khalidkhan787 ohh “behave nicely!” Just ask him to travel back to Saudi as a Non-Saudi and observe their own Officer’s behavior for a chng!

Khalid Khan ‏@khalidkhan787
ask @saamia_khan she knows Saudi behavior very well

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Rehman Malik and Former Minister for Defence Ahmed Mukhtar already apologising to Saudi embassy for Incident at Islamabad with ASF! #WTF

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Secretary of Defence Nargis Sethi get inolved in ASF & Saudi Military Man incident at #Islamabad. She wants action of Saudi ignored!

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
CCTV footage shows Saudi diplomat was the first to hit ASF official, and then his son also joined the fight against ASF officer at Islamabad

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
@mawaispk it may have come across slightly wrong, it is Islam but it is the interpretation of the teachings of Wahab

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
@h4hach you are aware that what KSA follows may not be the Islam , it is more of what A person from Najad propagated! You know the rest!

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
@mahrukhjabeen they have reverted to the pre Islam Mindset , & as a result they have the same social issues pre 1400 yrs

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
@mahrukhjabeen :-) i have lot if interaction withe the Saudis, they are walking talking Pharoas

M Kashif ‏@M_Kashiff
@AnjumKiani sir airforce b ASF k hawalay kar dain shayad 1, 2 drone hi gira dain.

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
We Should aim for equal terms & relations with all! & if the other side shows arrogance then we want NO relations at all! #Pakistan ASF

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
@mahrukhjabeen Mahrukh we need relations & ties with all on equal basis, & its opportunites like this that we can attempt to create awarenes

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Dear Saudia! When we come to The Holy sites in Makkah & Madina, You dont allow us to pay our respect to our Beloved Prophet & AileBait! ASF

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
#US agents #CIA operatives,Terrorists be Warned! ASF officers will slap the living daylights out of you, if you try to sneak in to #Pakistan

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Rehman Malik , what are you going to do? Are you going to hide the CCTV footage of Saudi Colonel & his son attacking our ASF officer?

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Saudi embassy says Shicri was on military course whilst Saudi Airline are saying that the military man is member of Saudi embassy. ASF

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Rehman Malik and Former Minister for Defence Ahmed Mukhtar already apologising to Saudi embassy for Incident at Islamabad with ASF! #WTF

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Secretary of Defence Nargis Sethi get inolved in ASF & Saudi Military Man incident at #Islamabad. She wants action of Saudi ignored!

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
#Breaking : Rehman Malik has ordered that action will be taken against ASF officers , in order to Protect Pak Saudi relations ! #Islamabad

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Saudi diplomat is undergoing nose surgery after continuous bleeding, allegedly from injury inflicted by ASF beating ! Respect to u ASF!

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
CCTV footage shows Saudi diplomat was the first to hit ASF official, and then his son also joined the fight against ASF officer at Islamabad

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Saudi diplomat Col, Shikri, should be put on the next flight back! #Pakistan ASF Islamabad

anjum kiani ‏@AnjumKiani
Unconfirmed : ASF officer stopped Saudi Diplomat for routine search, Saudi Diplomat pushed ASF officer, an altercation occured. #Islamabad

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Abdullah Saad ‏@kursed
@SheenaK_ A Saudi security official shoved a Pakistani airport security official and they in turn gave him a good enough thrashing.

Abdullah Saad ‏@kursed
If it was a Pakistani official who had done the same in KSA, he’d get hell for it. ASF did good here.

Abdullah Saad ‏@kursed
RT @khalidkhan787: CCTV reveals, at Islamabad airport, Saudi diplomat was first to push ASF official to the extent that he fell on scanner

Abdullah Saad ‏@kursed
Good work ASF! The Saudi ‘councellor’ had declined to go through security and slapped the ASF inspector.

Abdullah Saad ‏@kursed
@shakirhusain Our FM has already asked for an inquiry. But I’m still mighty glad the councellor got a taste of their own med.

shakir husain ‏@shakirhusain
@kursed the Soddie should be thrown in jail and dealt with according to the law. Anyone from the right willing to expend political capital?

Abdullah Saad ‏@kursed
Wish Pakistan would show some balls here, ASF is very right at dishing out the treatment – given coucellor’s conduct.

Saudi Embassy’s official, Saeed Al-Shehri talks to media persons at Benazir Bhutto Hospital after he assaulted was in turn beaten by Airport Security Force Personnel at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. – Online Photo by Raees Khan.

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