Imran Khan was in Toronto for a fundraiser. Next stop: New York. After emplaning on Friday at TO Pearson International Airport, he and other members of his Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) party were off-loaded and questioned by US officials.
This was not a regular search of the ‘My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist’ kind.
“The US officials inquired Imran Khan regarding his stance on drone strikes and the usage of fund collected in a dinner organized by Toronto franchise of PTI.”
Why did they let him board the aircraft in the first place? What does travelling have to do with his views on drones or fund collection? Were any of his party members carrying weapons? Did they not pass through security? Did they not have valid visas?
If the US is concerned about what people think of drone strikes and fund collection, they should ask the voters of America.
Irrespective of what Pakistanis think about him, I hope his opponents don’t drone on about how their country is full of anti-Americans. On the flip side, Imran Khan might just win over some fence-sitters.
Bottomline: this sort of questioning by the US officials is unacceptable. It means people cannot even have an opinion.