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Foreign Office Confirms Russian Authorities Detain 15 Pakistanis

Moscow: As many as 15 Pakistanis have been detained by Russian authorities in the last 48 hours.

Russian authorities have stopped several Pakistanis going to watch the Euro Cup at the airport. Airport officials say that Pakistanis have been stopped on suspicion of having fake fan IDs.

Russian authorities have also deported four Pakistanis, but sources said that most Pakistanis had arrived in Russia to watch the Euro Cup on real fan IDs.

Foreign Office spokesman Zahid Hafeez also reacted to the detention of Pakistanis, saying that the Foreign Office was aware of the problem facing Pakistanis.

The Foreign Office said that the officials of the Pakistani embassy were in touch with their Russian counterpart. In Islamabad, the Foreign Ministry had also taken up the matter with the Russian embassy.

Spokesman Zahid Hafeez expressed hope that the issue of stopping Pakistanis at the airport would be resolved amicably soon