Wednesday, Oct 26th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News International US detention of Imran Khan part of trend to harass anti-drone advocates

US detention of Imran Khan part of trend to harass anti-drone advocates

E-mail Print PDF

Imran Khan detentionImran Khan is, according to numerous polls, the most popular politician in Pakistan and may very well be that country's next Prime Minister. He is also a vehement critic of US drone attacks on his country, vowing to order them shot down if he is Prime Minister and leading an anti-drone protest march last month.

On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight.

On Twitter, Khan reported that he was "interrogated on [his] views on drones" and then added: "My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop." He then defiantly noted: "Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance."

The State Department acknowledged Khan's detention and said: "The issue was resolved. Mr Khan is welcome in the United States." Customs and immigration officials refused to comment except to note that "our dual mission is to facilitate travel in the United States while we secure our borders, our people, and our visitors from those that would do us harm like terrorists and terrorist weapons, criminals, and contraband," and added that the burden is on the visitor "to demonstrate that they are admissible" and "the applicant must overcome all grounds of inadmissibility."


Most Recent Related Stories...

For First Time, U.S. Abstains On U.N. Resolution Criticizing Cuba Embargo

Cuban blckade voteThe U.N. General Assembly votes every year on a resolution calling for an end to the...

Quetta attack: LeJ kills 60 in Pakistan police academy

Pakistan attackAt least 60 people have been killed in an attack on a police training centre in...

'Jungle' camp in Calais set ablaze amid migrant relocation

Jungle camp in Calais set afireSections of the so-called "Jungle" migrant camp in France were set ablaze overnight after authorities began...

Four killed in accident on river rapids ride at popular Australia theme park

Dreamworld accident kills fourFour people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!