Pakistani drone critic questioned by U.S. authorities
October 29th, 2012
06:22 AM ET

Pakistani drone critic questioned by U.S. authorities

A Pakistani politician critical of U.S. drone strikes said Saturday that American authorities detained and questioned him at a Canadian airport.

Imran Khan, a former cricket star, this month led a march to the border of Pakistan's tribal region to protest drone strikes, which he says end up killing more civilians than militants.

Khan said he boarded a New York-bound plane in Toronto on Friday when two U.S. immigration officials asked him to step outside. The officials made him wait for about 40 minutes before interviewing him for another 20 minutes, he said.

"I kept asking them what was this all about, and then one guy interviewed me and he was so confused, he had no idea what he was saying," Khan told CNN by phone from Seattle, another stop on his trip.

"He was talking about some fund-raising, so I asked him to come to the point, and he said, 'We're worried you might use violence against drones.' I mean, it was so ridiculous, I didn't even know how to answer it."

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  1. Gazoo

    Drones are propeller driven flying machines, not supersonic jets. These are slow moving devices. Israel shot down an intruder drone easily. If Pakistani government has an honest objection, why don't they shoot down the US drones. Instead, they chose the US aid and pledged tacit compliance. Now this Pakistani Imren Khan wants more money through fund raisers in the US. And gullible Pakistanis would pay. How could Israel successfully shot down the drone without complaining? While Pakistanis whine incessantly, they can't give up the US aid and these fund raisers.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  2. Sher Mohammad

    By the way, are US citizens allowed to contribute financially to political campaigns of other countries? Whatever happened to the oath these guys took when they became US citizens. Khan has raised millions of dollars in US alone, and will use the same money to criticize US policies when he returns home. Why is he allowed on a fund raising trip to USA in the first place? State department and National Security Agencies should immediately look into this matter. The US citizens contributing to his pro-taliban campaign should be stripped of their citizenship and deported!

    October 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Come on Shar, you sound like another weak minded, warmongering Tea Partier. Pakistan needs a man like Imran Khan who isn't already bought and paid for and won't simply carry out orders from the right-wing thugs in Washington D.C.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      My apologies for misspelling your name above, Sher. Sorry for that.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  3. George Patton

    The right-wing thugs in Washington really want to shut this man up and are willing to stop at nothing to do it! After all, he is making them look bad as they continue to slaughter people like pigs in a pen in his country with those ungodly drones of theirs. I fully agree with him and so should millions of others!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Siverado

      He should be criticizing terrorists. Why don't you get rid of terrorists in your country yourselves and then you never have to worry about drones! As for your comment on pigs - drones can not magically turn pigs into humans. Pigs will be pigs and are being treated as such.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • Mohammad Arif

      Well said George!

      December 17, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  4. rk ny

    this beggar paki comes to US to beg after spewing garbage about US in his cesspit state..and he wonders why US is questioning him..?? dumb paki beggars..!!

    October 29, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      That's alright, rk ny. We already know how dumb you Tea Paertiers are! The Pakistanis need to get rid of their current leaders who are bought and paid for by Washington and replace them with Communists!

      October 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • reader

      'This Beggar' you're referring to, has done more for the poor people of Pakistan then any leader I've ever know. Google/Wiki him before you say anything. At least that's what I have started doing before badmouthing ANYONE!

      May 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  5. bisbing

    how come all the dudes are holding each other hands? oh yea i forgot pakistanis prefer boys and men more then women

    October 29, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  6. FactsChecked

    hahahaha look at the hmoes in the back in white women parashute pants and shirts trying grab other guys teties..

    pagistanis are born g@y

    October 29, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
  7. RQ

    Big brother is watching you to.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  8. saeed

    every usa, british and irish and australian child should be shot in the face and burned alive.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • FactsChecked

      saeed fakrudeen its not ur mothers house in heera mandi ...only ur grani did that too you ;)

      October 29, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • rk ny

      in the meantime u focus on saving ur face from the next drone strike...haha

      October 29, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
  9. Siverado

    I agree. It is outrageous to question a Pakistani at a Canadian airport. Should have sent him to Gitmo for questioning.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • Ali Reza

      Thats just your opinion.He is much more important than you .Maybe if you are taken to Police no one would care but you can't take him.Hundreds of millions support him

      November 1, 2012 at 8:42 am | Reply

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