ISLAMABAD - Security personnel on Sunday detained a man on suspicion of attempting to ram Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s car as it was travelling in a security convoy, officials said.

The man was detained and his vehicle impounded after he tried to get closer to prime minister’s car as he was returning to Islamabad with his family from Murree.

A white Prado jeep tried to overtake the PM’s cavalcade on way from Murree to Islamabad near Malpur area of the capital causing panic amongst PM’s security personnel.

The security personnel immediately came into action by stopping the vehicle and took the suspect into custody.

“An unknown vehicle came closer to prime minister’s car after crossing other vehicles of the prime minister’s convoy when he was returning to Islamabad,” a senior government official told AFP on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to media.

“The security vehicles escorting the prime minister blocked the way of the suspicious vehicle and other cars in the convoy narrowly escaped an accident due to the breach of security,” the official said.

“The prime minister and his family are completely safe,” he added. The police sources said that it has let the officer go home after preliminary investigations.

Prime Minister Sharif’s spokesman confirmed that a suspicious vehicle had tried to pass the high-profile convoy and said that the incident was being investigated.

“The concerned officials are interrogating the man. What I can confirm at this moment is that a suspicious vehicle tried to cross the Prime Minister’s convoy by breaching the security,” Naeem Khan told AFP.

However, the driver of the suspect vehicle (248C Islamabad) turned out to be a retired PAF officer who was later identified as Commodore (retd) Hafeezur Rehman. The person was with his family with no ill-intention for the cavalcade, the police later stated.