German diplomat glides over Islamabad`s `no fly zone`

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.

Updated: May 10, 2011, 16:26 PM IST

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
yesterday 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.

PTI