A Pakistani politician known for his anti-American involvement in the Afgan war as well as the US drone attacks in the region was taken off an American Airlines plane at Toronto Pearson Airport on Friday.
Imran Khan was due to attend a fundraiser in New York but missed his plane due to an interrogation.
‘After the questioning, Mr. Khan himself tweeted about what happened. In his tweet, he said: “I was taken off from plane and interrogated by U.S. Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop.” In the process, he missed his flight and could not make it to the fund-raising lunch in New York in time.
The Toronto Sun quoted U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) as refusing to divulge information on the interrogation, citing privacy laws. One CBP spokesperson said: “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. Under U.S. immigration law, applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States. In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome all grounds of inadmissibility.”’
Some organisations in the U.S. and Canada had objected to Mr. Khan’s visit on the ground that he was pro-Taliban.