Islamabad: Pakistan is preventing foreign journalists and other visitors from getting close to the house of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Abbottabad police officer Mohammed Arif said on Friday that several foreigners, including a Danish diplomat and two French journalists, were briefly detained this week in Abbottabad before being allowed to return to the capital, Islamabad.
Foreigners in Pakistan have been subject to greater scrutiny since the US raid on bin Laden`s hideout in May.
The operation triggered embarrassing questions over how the CIA was able to track him down without the knowledge of Pakistani authorities.
There have been no formal instructions to media organisations prohibiting their travel to Abbottabad.