Imran Khan offloaded in Toronto airport

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 09:24 hrs

Toronto/New York, Oct 27 (IBNS) Former Pakistan cricket captain and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan was offloaded from a New York bound flight on Friday at the airport in Toronto and then questioned. He was later allowed to proceed for New York, but after hours of delay.

The incident occurred at the Toronto Pearson International Airport when Imran Khan was about to board an American Airlines flight for New York after visiting Brampton on Thursday where he delivered a speech on the political chaos in Pakistan.

Imran Khan was scheduled to speak in Long Island City near New York in another fundraising lunch.

Imran Khan said he was interrogated on his views on the US Drone attacks in Pakistan.

"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," Imran Khan tweeted.

"Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance. Still looking forward to meet PTI family there," Khan said.

Media reports said Khan arrived in New York after four-and-a-half-hour delay in Canada while he was quizzed for nearly an hour at the Toronto airport and then allowed to go with his associates in the next flight.

In an interview on CBC News Network in Canada, Imran Khan said the war on terror has been a costly failure and the use of drones is ratcheting up anti-Americanism and militants.

He said he´s the only leader "promoting a peaceful solution to the decade-long conflict - and that his push for talks with the Taliban has wrongly branded him a pro-jihadist."

Imran Khan joined politics in 1996 and after failures earlier, he is doing better in Pakistan politics in recent years.

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