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Pakistan police apologize for German tourist’s detention

MULTAN: Pakistani police have apologized to a German tourist after she was detained for two weeks for allegedly violating the terms of her visa, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Kim Laura Schweer was arrested on March 16 in the town of Sakhi Sarwar, where she had gone to visit an annual festival in honor of a Sufi saint the town is named after, police official Rana Mohammad Asif said.
He added that Schweer, who is in her twenties, did not have specific permission to visit the town, which lies some 600 kilometers (370 miles) southwest of Islamabad and falls in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan.
According to the non-profit Nuclear Threat Initiative, the district is home to uranium processing facilities. It also borders the restive Baluchistan province.
Schweer’s lawyer Rana Asif Saeed told AFP he had been contacted about the case by the German Embassy in Islamabad, and had taken the matter to court, which ordered the tourist’s release on Tuesday.