According to a report by Times of India, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, lengendary Pakistani singer was deported to Pakistan after he landed in Hyderabad, India on New Year night.
After reaching Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), he was told he could not enter India and was asked to return to Abu Dhabi where he was flying from. His purpose of coming to India was that he was asked to perform at the grand Taj Falaknuma Palace.
Authorities have attributed this as a ‘technical flaw’ and investigation has resulted in the findings that as per Indian Immigration laws there are only four stations through which Pakistani nationals are allowed to enter; Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. So much for Pakistan making an exception for the entry of about 70 Indian delegates who came with the Prime Minister Modi on his unplanned visit to Pakistan recently.
An official, while speaking to the Times of India said, “This system has been put in place to monitor the movement of Pakistani nationals in and out of the country.” however other immigration officials have a different story to tell. They have been saying that a problem with the legal papers was noticed hence he was asked to return to Abu Dhabi. So either there were multiple reasons for barring his entry, or the real reason is being covered up for reasons yet unknown.
What sort of ‘Pak-India’ friendship have been the Prime Ministers of the two country talking about if Pakistan in the only country which’s nationals are barred entry from all except four airports where they are to be ‘strictly monitored’ from.
Khan was to perform at 8 pm at the Taj Falaknuma Palace for the event ‘Raahtein a ‘Sufi’sticated New Year’s Eve’ at 8 pm and event management has confirmed that due to this unexpected act his performance has been rescheduled to 11 pm.
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