World Bulletin / News Desk
Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said he was pulled off a flight to New York by U.S. agents on Friday and interrogated about his views on drone strikes.
Khan has been an opponent of killings by the unmanned U.S. 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 U.S. Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," he wrote on Twitter.
U.S. authorities say they cannot give detailed comments on individual immigration cases "due to privacy law"s 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.
Earlier this month, Khan led a march to northern Pakistan to protest the drone strikes, which have killed between 2,600 and 3,400 Pakistanis, according to the independent London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
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