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Pakistani president was airport's secret visitor

RUTLAND-The president of Pakistan , accompanied by U.S. Secret Service, arrived at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport Sept. 26. New Market Press (The Rutland Tribune) was the first news organization to report the secretive security activity at the airport last week.

President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in the Rutland area under a skillful Vermont State Police news blackout. He visited the Danby, Vt., home of international investor Nicholas Ihasz. The investor heads up the shadowy Absolute Return Advisors investment firm located in Danby.

A special agent in charge of the security detail at the airport apparently admitted that the visit was held under a press blackout.

An official of Columbia Air Service at the airport refused comment on the security measures when encountered in the airport's parking lot Sept. 26.

The visit was a private, nonofficial visit according to an Ihasz spokesperson.

Vermont State Police refused comment and instead referred questions to the U.S. Secret Service.

Zardari was accused of corruption and murder in Pakistan.

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