Saturday, January 02, 2016

Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan deported from Hyderabad airport

Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was deported soon after he landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here for not fulfilling immigration conditions.
The singer, who had directly landed here from Abu Dhabi to participate in a programme organised at a city-based hotel last night as part of the New Year eve celebrations, was sent back as Pakistani nationals are only allowed to enter the country through Delhi and Mumbai, according to officials.
Khan then took a flight to Delhi and came to Hyderabad for his performance.
The singer, 42, today faulted the airlines for the fiasco and said the authorities were only following the rules.
“He (Khan) landed here yesterday morning. But he was denied entry as he did not fulfil immigration rules. So he was sent back (to Abu Dhabi)”, an immigration official told PTI.
Asked about the incident, Khan said, “The authorities and I were right in our own ways and the airline in question was wrong, as they should have known that as a Pakistani national which ports in India we are authorised to travel.
“Hence, it was their fault and I as an individual had to make this journey in 29 hours.”
01/01/16 The Tribune
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