Pakistani politician: US officials pulled me off plane

October 27, 2012 16:37


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ISLAMABAD  - Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said he was pulled off a flight to New York by US agents on Friday and interrogated about his views on drone strikes.

Khan has been a vociferous opponent of killings by the unmanned US aircraft in Pakistan and has promised to instruct the Pakistani air force to shoot them down if he wins next year's elections.

"I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," he wrote on Twitter.

US authorities say they cannot give detailed comments on individual immigration cases due to privacy laws but a State Department official confirmed Khan had been delayed.

"We're aware that he was briefly delayed in Toronto before boarding his flight to the United States. The issue was resolved and Imran Khan is welcome in the United Sates," said the official.

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